England cricket team will go ahead with their tour of Sri Lanka as schedules, but concerns about Coronavirus remain. The player who will be in the island nation for the two-Test series will not shake hands as a precautionary measure.
Skipper Joe Root has confirmed that the team members will exchange greetings with fist bumps.
“After the illnesses that swept through the squad in South Africa, we are well aware of the importance of keeping contact to a minimum,” English media has autoed the captain as saying. “We are washing hands regularly and wiping down surfaces using the anti-bacterial wipes and gels we’ve been given in our immunity packs.”
The Englishmen had suffered gastroenteritis and flu problems during their recent tour of South Africa.
In run-up to the two Test series, part of the ICC Test Championships cycle, England will start their Sri Lanka tour with two three-day warm up matches against SLC Board President’s XI from March 7 to 9 and March 12 to 15.
The first Test will be played at Galle from March 19 to 23 and the second game is scheduled at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo from March 27 to 31.
Root also said that the tour will continue as per plan. However, the team management will take stoke of the situation on regular bases and follow the advice of the Government authorities.
“There is no suggestion that the tour will be affected, but of course it is an evolving situation so we are in regular contact with the authorities and will proceed as advised, but at this stage we fully expect the tour to continue as planned,” the skipper said on Monday.
Around 91,000 people have been affected by the deadly novel Coronavirus and more than 3,100 lives are lost. One Covid-19 positive case has also been reported from Sri Lanka.