McGrath is playing the Commonwealth Games final despite testing positive for Covid

In a dramatic development, Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has been called up to the playing eleven for the Commonwealth Games final despite testing positive for COVID-19.

The toss was delayed slightly as the Indian cricket team only found out about McGrath’s health before the coin was tossed.

“Cricket Australia (CA) can confirm that cricketer Tahlia McGrath has returned a positive test for Covid-19. CGA’s clinical staff have consulted with the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Results Analysis Clinical Expert Group (RACEG) team and match officials, and McGrath is taking part in tonight’s final against India.

“McGrath presented to team management on Sunday with mild symptoms and subsequently returned the positive test. She was named in the starting XI for the draw and the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved her participation in the final,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.

BCCI and team sources confirmed to PTI that the players, including skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, got a little nervous when they found out about McGrath.

“We didn’t have time to react as the Indian team didn’t find out about it until the draw. Obviously there were concerns but it’s the authorities’ decision,” said a source.

The Indian team was itself hit by COVID 19 before leaving for Birmingham, with Pooja Vastrakar and S Meghana testing positive at NCA in Bengaluru.

“In consultation with the CGF and ICC, CGA and Cricket Australia medical staff have put in place a comprehensive set of protocols to be followed throughout the match and for post-match activities to minimize the risk of transmission to all players and officials .

“The CGA has maintained a comprehensive Covid-19 risk mitigation strategy for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with testing protocols going beyond those required by the Birmingham 2022 Organizing Committee,” the CA statement added.

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