AUCKLAND: Auckland’s Ben Lister replaced teammate Mark Chapman on Tuesday in the ongoing Plunket Shield first-class championship to became the first COVID-19 substitute in cricket.
The 26-year-old Chapman, who has represented New Zealand in six ODIs and 24 T20Is, reportedly felt sick on Monday following which the batsman underwent a COVID-19 test.
Lister, who has featured in 18 First-Class games, was named as the replacement until Chapman’s test results are known.
“Ben Lister starts as COVID-19 replacement with Mark Chapman awaiting test results after feeling ill yesterday (Monday),” Auckland Cricket tweeted.
TEAM NEWS | Ollie Pringle makes his First-Class debut becoming No. 5⃣2⃣4⃣.Ben Lister starts as Covid-19 replacement with Mark Chapman awaiting test results after feeling ill yesterday. pic.twitter.com/ydc3gfZAOt — Auckland Cricket (@aucklandcricket) October 19, 2020
COVID-19 replacements in Test cricket had been approved by the ICC in June.