Coronavirus threat: South Africa set for India tour after ‘risk assessment’

Cricket South Africa has confirmed that the Proteas will be travelling to India a for three-match One Day International series. The team will arrive in New Delhi via Dubai and after spending a day there will proceed to Dharamshala for the first match on March 12, Thursday.

Cricket governing body in South Africa has carried a thorough assessment process to address the concerns about prevailing risk factors in sending the men’s cricket team to India for ODIs in Dharamshala, Lucknow, and Kolkata.

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CSA is fully conscious of the risks presented in regard to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (in India) and has engaged in a formal risk assessment process to ensure the health and safety of and duty of care to our players and staff,” CSA has stated in a release.

“This risk assessment is informed by information provided by international experts, the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the South African Department of Health and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). We have also been liaising with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the South African embassy in India and Indian security and risk experts. The Government of India has also provided the necessary assurances,” stated the CSA in the note while confirming that the team was leaving for New Delhi via Dubai.

The Proteas will spend a day in New Delhi before proceeding to play in Dharamshala. The next two games will be played at Lucknow and Kolkata respectively.

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“None of the playing venues have recorded positive cases and travel between these cities will be via chartered flights reducing the risk even further. The risks in Dubai and Delhi are considered low,” states CSA.

The team has also been appraised of hygiene precautions, avoidance measures, and symptom recognition in addition to being provided with travel kits before their departure for India.

CSA Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra will accompany the contingent as the Team Doctor and will keep abreast of developments in India and worldwide and advise CSA and team management accordingly.

Schedule: 1st ODI : Dharamshala – March 12, Thursday; 2nd ODI : Lucknow – March 15, Sunday; and 3rd ODI : Kolkata – March 18, Wednesday.

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