NZ vs NED: Mark Chapman Tests COVID-19 Positive, Ruled Out Of ODI Series

Updated - 27 Mar 2022, 02:40 PM

New Zealand's Mark Chapman (Photo- Getty)

New Zealand all-rounder Mark Chapman tested positive for COVID-19 and was ruled out of the home ODI series against the Netherlands. Chapman was part of the New Zealand T20I squad against the Dutchman, however, the T20I match was abandoned without a ball being bowled owing to the rain showers.

Chapman flew with the squad from Napier to Auckland on Saturday and the very next morning woke up with some symptoms related to the contagious virus. The Auckland player immediately got himself tested via a rapid antigen test, which returned positive.

Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill
Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill

It’s really unfortunate for Mark Chapman: Gary Stead

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead confirmed the developments and sympathised with the player. The coach also appreciated Chapman’s decision to get himself tested when he felt uncomfortable.

“It’s really unfortunate for Mark and we’re all really feeling for him at this time. He did the right thing in following the health guidelines and getting tested when he did,” Stead said. 

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Gary Stead. (Credits: Twitter)

According to a New Zealand Cricket release, the remainder of the squad are unaffected and will continue following Covid guidelines and completing their daily health checks.

It’s an exciting time for George Worker: Gary Stead

Stead also mentioned that Auckland player George Worker, who finished as the leading run-scorer of the Ford Trophy (List A tournament in New Zealand) with 672 runs in 10 innings at an average of 84, will replace Chapman in the ODI squad.

“It’s an exciting time for George to be back with the Black Caps and he thoroughly deserves his call up following his strong form in the Ford Trophy,” Stead said. 

New Zealand will kick off the ODI series against the Netherlands on March 29 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Tom Latham will lead the Black Caps in both series in regular skipper Kane Williamson’s absence and the series will also end the celebrated international career of Ross Taylor.

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