County Championship 2021 – Wayne Parnell to miss Northants season opener after quarantine extended by NHS system

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South Africa seamer was traced by UK authorities as a possible contact of someone with the virus

Wayne Parnell, Northamptonshire’s South African overseas signing, will miss the start of the County Championship season after being forced to quarantine for an additional five days by the NHS Covid-19 track-and-trace system.

Parnell was signed by Northants ahead of the start of the season and arrived in the UK last week. He was due to spend five days in his accommodation in town before being allowed out under test-and-release guidelines – which cut the isolation period in half if two negative Covid-19 tests are returned – with the intention of joining up with the team during a two-day home friendly with Leicestershire that started on Sunday.

However, having received his second negative at the weekend, Parnell was traced by the authorities as a possible contact of someone with the virus and his period in quarantine extended to 10 days.

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