After England skipper Joe Root revealed they gained’t be shaking hands with their Sri Lankan counterparts in their upcoming two-match Test sequence, the England and Wales Cricket Broad (ECB) have gone a step additional and requested gamers to chorus from ‘any unnecessary public engagements’ on the tour. The two groups are scheduled to play two Tests in Sri Lanka — first Test in Galle beginning March 19 and second Test in Colombo beginning March 27.
The ECB urged gamers to keep away from taking selfies and signing autographs for followers amid coronavirus outbreak which has gripped the whole globe. In their bid to maintain the gamers away from virus, the England board requested gamers to maintain their distance from fan engagements. They additionally urged the followers to ‘maintain good levels of hygiene’.
Coronavirus Update: The England tour staff in Sri Lanka has put in place a number of precautions.
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) March 11, 2020
“England players and staff have been asked to avoid any unnecessary public engagements, and temporarily avoid casual supporter interaction such as selfies or autographs,” the ECB stated in an announcement uploaded on its social media deal with.
“Whilst we acknowledge that this will probably be disappointing for some supporters, we stress that this a measure to defend the continuing wellbeing of the England Test squad and is a choice which has not been taken flippantly.
“In addition, England gamers and workers are additionally being instructed to keep away from shaking palms the place a ‘fist pump’ or a private greeting will suffice. Players will not take part in handshakes with one another or the opposition,” the assertion added.
Earlier, skipper Joe Root had acknowledged his staff is not going to go for honest play handshakes on their tour of Sri Lanka, amid coronavirus risk. This got here in the aftermath of England gamers being hit by gastroenteritis and flu issues on their tour of South Africa lately.
“After the illnesses that swept through the squad in South Africa, we are well aware of the importance of keeping contact to a minimum and we’ve been given some really sound and sensible advice from our medical team to help prevent spreading germs and bacteria,” Root was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“We are not shaking hands with each other, using instead the well-established fist bump, and we are washing hands regularly and wiping down surfaces using the anti-bacterial wipes and gels we’ve been given in our immunity packs.”