JOE ROOT and his gamers is not going to should isolate over Christmas regardless of arriving again from South Africa on December 10.
And which means their two-Take a look at tour of Sri Lanka ought to nonetheless go forward as deliberate with the crew departing on January 2.
Well being minister Matt Hancock introduced on Wednesday that anyone getting back from South Africa previously two weeks should quarantine with quick impact due to a “regarding” new pressure of Covid-19.
However the ECB insisted immediately that gamers and backroom employees might be exempt.
A press release mentioned: “The ECB can affirm that crew members and help employees who returned on December 10 from South Africa as a part of England males’s white-ball tour have been following the Elite Sports activities Worldwide steering regarding exercise within the UK.
“Throughout this era, they’ve undergone on-going symptom and testing checks and won’t must quarantine.
“Concerning the England males’s Take a look at squad and help employees, they’ll proceed to arrange as regular forward of the Sri Lanka tour. The ECB will proceed to watch the on-going state of affairs in respect of worldwide journey and are working intently with Sri Lanka Cricket.”
The South African variant of Covid-19 follows the brand new pressure that has elevated transmission charges within the UK.
Medics and authorities authorities in Sri Lanka consider the brand new pressure is unlikely to jeopardise the two-Take a look at collection.
However one other complication might be that Sri Lanka are at present in South Africa for 2 Exams. The Second Take a look at is because of end in Johannesburg on January 7 – only a week earlier than the opening Take a look at towards England.
Concerning the England males’s Take a look at squad and help employees, they’ll proceed to arrange as regular forward of the Sri Lanka tour
Though Sri Lanka is considered one of many international locations to have suspended flights from the UK, Root’s crew will journey on a personal constitution.
As an alternative of touchdown in Colombo, they’ll fly on to Hambantota, which has what’s believed to be quietest worldwide airport on this planet with no scheduled flights. This may minimise contact with different folks.
England gamers and help employees will spend their first three days in isolation at a resort and, offering they proceed to return damaging outcomes from common Covid-19 assessments, they’ll start coaching. After three additional days, they’ll prepare as a bunch.
They may journey by highway to Galle in time for the 2 Exams, starting on January 14 and 22.
The ECB and Sri Lanka Cricket have been discussing preparations for weeks and people talks will proceed proper up till England’s departure from Heathrow on January 2.
England gamers might be examined for Covid-19 earlier than leaving dwelling and be supplied with separate chauffeured automobiles to journey to Heathrow.
Well being measures might be stricter than on England’s current aborted tour of South Africa and checks on PPE, social distancing and hand sanitising might be rigorous.
The tour replaces England’s go to to Sri Lanka in March, which was known as off throughout a warm-up match within the early weeks of the pandemic.
No written media are being permitted to enter Sri Lanka and BBC radio’s Take a look at Match Particular are commentating from the UK through the world TV feed. Sky are additionally anticipated so as to add commentary by the likes of Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton from their UK base.
Sri Lanka Cricket are determined for the matches to happen and crew physician Daminda Attanayake mentioned: “Anxiousness is excessive at this stage from all people. However, once you have a look at the scientific proof, I don’t assume we must always cease the tour though we would should take further precautions.”
England are resulting from fly from Sri Lanka to India for 4 Exams and eight white-ball matches. Indian authorities are anticipated to wrap cordons of safety personnel round resorts and grounds in an anti-terrorism model operation to attempt to cut back the probabilities of an infection.