Phil Whitticase, the referee of the three-match T20I series match between England and Sri Lanka, tested positive for COVID-19, the English and Welsh Cricket Council (ECB) said on Sunday.
The 56-year-old is asymptomatic and will now be isolated for 10 days. No members of either team are affected.
“Following a PCR test conducted on Friday, June 25 at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, ICC Match referee Phil Phil Whitticase tested positive for COVID-19,” the ECB said in a statement.
“Whitticase, who refereed during three Vitality IT20 Series matches between England and Sri Lanka, is fine and asymptomatic.
“He will now comply with a 10-day period of self-isolation from 25 June in accordance with the UK Government’s quarantine protocol.”
However, there are no threats for the opening of ODI from the series of three matches between the two teams on Chester le Street, scheduled for June 29.
“Alternative arrangements will be put in place to ensure that ODI moves forward as planned on Tuesday,” the ECB said.
“Seven other members of the match officials and anti-corruption teams were considered close contacts, including five members who were scheduled to attend the first ODI on Tuesday, June 29, at the Emirates Riverside, Durham.
“Those affected will have to isolate themselves for 10 days until July 7. No members of either team are affected,” the statement said.
England won the T20I series against Sri Lanka 3-0.