The novel coronavirus pandemic situation has opened up new dimensions in world cricket and the players are surely finding it difficult to adapt. After England fast bowler Jofra Archer broke the bio-secure protocol in the Test series against the West Indies, Kent batsman Jordan Cox is the latest to face similar fate.
Jordan Cox, the first player born in the 21st century to hit a first-class hundred on English soil, was quarantined and dropped from the next Bob Willis Trophy match after he agreed to take photographs with some young fans following his prolific knock. His innings of 237 not out against Sussex also helped him stitch an unbeaten partnership of 423 runs with Jack Leaning.
However, after breaking the protocol, he will now enter a mandatory period of self-isolation after breaking guidelines, which will rule him out of Kent’s next match against Middlesex on Saturday, August 15. He will have to test negative for Covid-19 before he is allowed to join the squad again, espncricinfo said in its report.
“I am very sorry that this has happened,” Cox said in a statement. “I fully understand the consequences, and I want to apologise to everyone. I’m gutted to be missing the next match and feel like I have let the team down.”
Paul Downton, Kent’s director of cricket, said: “It is unfortunate for Jordan that on the back of an outstanding performance, our team medical protocols were breached.
“We take these protocols very seriously and Jordan has no choice but to go into self-isolation.”