The Test series between England and Sri Lanka, where the traditional handshakes will be replaced by fist-bumps, is a recent addition to the massive hysteria that the coronavirus outbreak is bringing even to the world of sports.
The outbreak of coronavirus is having a massive impact all around the globe. Governments and organizations around the world are taking measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Coronavirus seems to have severely impacted even the world of sports, including cricket.
Highlights! Coronavirus is impacting various sporting events across the globe.
- English players won’t shake hands as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.
- Few English players had health-related issues on their recent tour of South Africa.
- COVID-19 virus is threatening the scheduled conduct of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The upcoming Test series between England and Sri Lanka is a recent addition of cricket being impacted by coronavirus.
England skipper Joe Root has confirmed that the teams’ players won’t be shaking hands with each other on their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. They would rather greet each other with fist-bumps. This statement comes following the massive outbreak of coronavirus in the world.
Precautionary measures against coronavirus
During their recent tour of South Africa, many English players were affected by gastroenteritis and flu problems before the start of the Test match. Hence, this decision comes as a precaution by the English Cricket Board following the impact of coronavirus on cricket.
“After the illnesses that swept through the squad in South Africa, we are well aware of the importance of keeping contact to a minimum,” the English Test skipper said.
“We’ve been given some really sound and sensible advice from our medical team to help prevent spreading germs and bacteria,” Joe Root said before departing for Sri Lanka tour.
“We are not shaking hands with each other, using instead the well-established fist bump. We are washing hands regularly and wiping down surfaces using the anti-bacterial wipes and gels we’ve been given in our immunity packs.” – Joe Root on adopting preventive measure against COVID-19 virus
The English team will start the Sri Lanka tour with a practice match against Sri Lanka Board President XI. The first Test match of the tour begins on 19th March at Galle.
England’s tour to proceed as scheduled
In Sri Lanka, the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in January this year. However, Root confirmed that the tour will go as planned but precautions are necessary.
“There is no suggestion that the tour will be affected. But, of course, it is an evolving situation. We are in regular contact with the authorities and will proceed as advised,” the Yorkshire player said in an interview.
A number of sporting events in the world have already been cancelled or postponed following the outbreak of coronavirus which originated in China. The 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo are under threat because of the coronavirus. Across the globe, the deadly outbreak has claimed more than 3000 lives as total cases have crossed 80,000 people.