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Australia's women's T20 cricket side slammed after fielding Covid-positive player to help them win

Added 08-08-22 02:36:02am EST - “Tahlia McGrath? was permitted to play? at Edgbaston in Birmingham yesterday despite testing positive. She? bowled and batted and also took the catch that dismissed India's star Shafali Verma.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Commonwealth Games allows Covid-positive player for Australian team”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Australia's women's cricket team is today at the centre of a scandal at the Commonwealth Games after fielding a player who had Covid-19.

Tahlia McGrath was permitted to play at Edgbaston in Birmingham yesterday despite testing positive. She bowled and batted in the match and also took the catch that dismissed India's star opener Shafali Verma as the Southern Stars took gold.

Ms McGrath later wore a mask at the medal ceremony and as she celebrated gold with her teammates on the podium, where she had her arms around Beth Mooney and Alana King.

Tahlia is understood to be the first player known to have Covid to take part in an international cricket match, with Birmingham allowing each positive athlete to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

But critics have said she should not have been allowed to play. Many Indian supporters felt the decision was 'racist' and that India would have been ruled out of the final if the shoe was on the other foot.

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