The Sri Lanka Cricket medical team is concerned about the new kind of COVID-19 that is believed to have surfaced in England, but the upcoming test series between England and Sri Lanka is unlikely to be affected. England and Sri Lanka are scheduled to go head-to-head in a two-game test series, starting January 14 in Galle. However, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo, there are likely to be additional medical protocols for the Joe Root-led England side when they arrive in Sri Lanka.
SLC’s medical staff are expected to have discussions with their counterparts at the ECB on Tuesday and the focus of these discussions is now likely to be a new tension, and what precautions should be taken.
“I don’t think we should see the new strain as something that would jeopardize the tour. Yes, everyone’s fear is high at this stage. But if you look at the scientific evidence, I don’t think we should stop. We may have to take extra precautions, but we don’t have to interrupt the tour, “ESPNCricinfo quoted Daminda Attanayake, the Sri Lankan team’s physician.
English players and support staff will fly to Sri Lanka on January 2 and upon landing, the tourists should undergo a three-day isolated quarantine, and if they test negative for the coronavirus after those three days, they will be allowed to train individually and after six days can train them as a group.
When the first ten days are over, only players from England and support staff can mingle with the players from Sri Lanka.
“When they come in, they have no contact with my local people or the local suppliers and they are quarantined. I don’t see why we should limit them. The new species will be discussed and we will have to discuss how they come and whether they end up in a biosafe bubble before they come and before they board their chartered flight. We are not going to change the protocols we follow while in land, ”Attanayake said.
The Sri Lankan government has already imposed a temporary ban on commercial flights from the UK as of Wednesday.
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