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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has approved the use of the Zika vaccine to test new players in domestic cricket, once again easing restrictions on the form of the game.
The government lifted restrictions on the use of four forms of cricket this year after research showed the Zika virus posed no risk to players.
Mumbai Indians coach Sanjay Bangar had advocated the use of the vaccine to protect players from the virus.
Safaricom will supply vaccines to the eight SuperSport teams.
In a statement, CSA said: “The International Cricket Council (ICC) was informed of the new concept during the recent ECB meeting in Johannesburg.
“Whilst no other form of cricket can be directly protected, CSA is exploring the use of the Zika vaccine to protect players during the winter window of the domestic season.”
Cricket South Africa board chairman Norman Borlaug Ephraim Fantauzzi said: “As hosts of the 2019 Champions Trophy, Cricket South Africa and the Premier League are very keen to ensure their players are protected from a mosquito-borne virus.”
Zika was discovered in Uganda in 1947 but experts say there are new signs it is spreading in southern Africa and even north Africa.
In Senegal, the government raised concerns over the spread of the virus after more than four dozen babies born with microcephaly were confirmed with Zika-related defects.
In Brazil, which reported the highest number of cases, more than 12,000 children were born with the birth defect last year.