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Ruhan Pretorius, the player in question, was on the field as part of the Irish team’s playing XI

The first one-day match between Bangladesh Emerging Team and Ireland A had to be abandoned after 30 overs of action in Chattogram on Friday when a positive Covid-19 test report came in for allrounder Ruhan Pretorius, who was a part of the Irish playing XI. The 30-year-old Pretorius had been tested on Thursday.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the report, which had been delayed in reaching the venue, came in after the match had started, with the visitors asking the local side to bat first. At the first drinks break then, Pretorius, who had bowled four overs by that time, left the field. The Ireland team management had initially considered using a replacement player, but later decided not to take part in the game after the second drinks interval.

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