Hospitalisation of South Africa A players forces tour schedule change

Chennai, Aug 9 (IANS) As many as 10 South Africa A cricketers were on Sunday hospitalised after suffering food poisoning here, forcing a change to the tour schedule of the ongoing 50-over tri-series also involving the A teams of India and Australia.

The South Africa A team members were down with a stomach bug before, during and after their tri-series clash against India A on Sunday. India A won the match by eight wickets. It was India A’s first victory in the tri-series.

The situation was so bad that, with half of the squad falling ill overnight, South Africa A were forced to use their video analyst Henrikus Coertzen in the field, as well as India A’s Mandeep Singh on Sunday at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, reports

South Africa’s Reeza Hendricks, Khaya Zondo and Mthokozisi Shezi took their place in the playing team despite being among those feeling ill — however, they all had to be taken to hospital during the course of the match.

The circumstances have forced a change to the tri-series schedule that will now see Australia A take on the home side on Monday, followed by a match-up with the South Africans on Tuesday.

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