New Zealand's ace pacer Lockie Ferguson has been told to remain in isolation at the team hotel for 24 hours after reporting sore throat at the conclusion of first ODI against Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee series which was played in front of empty stands following COVID-19 fears.
There have been more than 100 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia and therefore as a precautionary measure, Lockie has been confined to the team hotel, away from his team until the screening is done.
The sports community just like any other community is getting heavily impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and in the aftermath of the global pandemic, the ODI between the two sides took place without the presence of commentators at the toss and the captains were interviewed by the SpiderCam.
Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson were engulfed in fear after inadvertently shaking hands with each other and they had an awkward moment. They followed the handshake with an elbow bump.
Similar scenes were witnessed in another part of the world as in a quick turn of events, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with the mutual consultation of all franchise owners decided to stage the remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 matches behind closed doors.
In addition to that, the duration of HBL PSL V has been abridged and the final will now take place on March 18. Empty seats were seen in National Stadium, Karachi yesterday night as the match took place amid sombre spirits.
The players from Black Caps were advised by the medical staff to not use their saliva while shining the ball in a bid to generate reverse. Ferguson returned figures of 2/60 in his nine-over spell and after the match, he informed the team management about his sore throat problem.
New Zealand Cricket confirmed the news regarding Ferguson's case and informed the media in a statement about the bowler being tested for COVID-19.
"Once the test results are received and diagnosed, his return to the team can be determined," NZ Cricket said in a statement.
Before this incident, Australian speedster Kane Richardson underwent coronavirus test too after reporting sore throat on Thursday which culminated in a swift response from Cricket Australia who removed him from the team. He was later clear to join his team after a negative response on his test.
Amidst coronavirus fears, both sides will lock horns again this Sunday.