England “are essentially the most compliant crew in world cricket”, claims crew spokesperson
England’s administration have insisted they’re “not involved” regardless of two members of workers at their resort in Galle testing optimistic for Covid-19.
The England camp have been notified on Friday morning that two workers members, each of whom work within the kitchen of the resort, had examined optimistic for the virus in exams performed on Thursday. Neither is known to have been in direct contact with the gamers and, within the newest spherical of exams performed on the touring celebration, on Tuesday, there have been no new optimistic exams.
The subsequent spherical of exams is presently scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, although it’s attainable that they are going to be introduced ahead in mild of this improvement. The Sri Lanka squad are staying at a unique resort.
England have deserted their two most up-to-date excursions – to Sri Lanka in March and South Africa in December – resulting from security considerations associated to the pandemic. In South Africa, the touring celebration appeared to have misplaced confidence within the protocols after workers on the resort examined optimistic.
England appointed a Covid compliance officer forward of this tour and, because of this, seem to have extra confidence within the security measures put in place.
“We’re not involved,” an England crew spokesperson mentioned. “Our protocols have been wonderful and we proceed to be vigilant.
“We’re essentially the most compliant crew in world cricket. We’re the one worldwide crew in any sport to have a Covid compliance officer. He’s accountable for making certain we meet the very best of requirements throughout our Covid protocols. We stay vigilant and respectful of the Sri Lankan authorities and we are going to do the whole lot that’s attainable to maintain our gamers and the final inhabitants protected.
“We’re being vigilant round our crew base in Galle and on the stadium. The gamers respect social distancing, put on masks in indoor settings and on the resort dine on particular person tables.
“Our Covid compliance officer briefs the gamers and administration each day and communicates the newest developments each in Sri Lanka and within the UK.”
It’s understood that West Indies have additionally taken a ‘security and Covid compliance officer’ on their tour to Bangladesh.
Regardless of England’s success within the opening days of the sequence, for one man it has been a depressing tour thus far. Moeen Ali, who examined optimistic for the virus upon arrival in Sri Lanka, has now been isolating for 12 days and nonetheless has no certainty of when he can be launched. Having skilled delicate signs within the early days of his isolation, he’s now understood to be in good well being and has examined destructive for the virus a minimum of as soon as.
“Moeen Ali, who examined optimistic after we arrived in Sri Lanka, has been isolating for 12 days in separate lodging,” the spokesperson mentioned. “He stays remoted at a unique resort to the crew in Galle.
“He continues to obtain care from Sri Lanka and England medical groups and can return to the squad as quickly as it’s protected to take action. We now have but to be given a date of when this can be.”
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo
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