Auckland seam bowler Ben Lister became the first Covid-19 substitute called into action as a replacement for batsman Mark Chapman before the start of the Plunket Shield match against Otago.
Chapman reported feeling ill on Monday and underwent a Covid-19 test with Lister being designated his replacement until the result is known. The match started a day later than the other two first-round Plunket Shield games, so the switch was made before the toss rather than in-match.
The ICC approved Covid-19 substitutes for Test cricket in June and various domestic competitions that have started since have followed similar guidelines.
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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