Cricket South Africa (CSA) is working to reassure Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that its bio-bubble preparations are safe, as SLC rethink the forthcoming tour to South Africa over Covid-19 considerations. As issues stand, SLC is contemplating withdrawing from the tour, or providing to host South Africa at residence as an alternative of going to South Africa.
SLC’s considerations over the tour’s security had been sparked by England’s withdrawal from their tour of South Africa. It’s largely the Sri Lanka board, nonetheless, somewhat than the gamers, for whom CSA’s Covid-19 protocols are a fear. Primarily, SLC can’t afford for gamers to return again unwell, as a result of Sri Lanka are resulting from play England in a Take a look at in Galle ten days after their scheduled return from South Africa. The England Take a look at sequence, which was already postponed as soon as, is important to the well being of SLC’s funds following a troublesome 2020. SLC is unwilling to threat that residence sequence for the South Africa tour.
Sri Lanka’s medical crew had been in contact with South Africa’s medical officers on Tuesday, as a way to verify whether or not the bio-bubble preparations in South Africa had been adequate. Sri Lanka’s crew doctor Dr Daminda Attanayake stated that SLC’s medical workers had been insisting on stricter protocols than CSA had initially deliberate. Medical officers from each groups spoke on Tuesday.
“I have to bring the [Sri Lankan] players back from South Africa without a single positive case,” Dr Attanayake stated. “We’ve requested [South Africa’s] protocols be identical to the bio-bubble protocols we have been using for the LPL (Lanka Premier League). We’ve been successful with those. Players have tested positive but they’ve been isolated. We’re requesting these protocols be followed not just by our team, but theirs as well.”
As well as, Dr Attanayake stated, SLC’s medical workers will ask that even the cleansing workers within the inns the groups are staying at be positioned within the bubble, in order that the virus can’t be introduced in from outdoors. In any case, even earlier than England’s withdrawal, SLC had requested for more durable well being protocols than the ECB had.
SLC’s medical workers may also converse to the ECB’s medical workers on Wednesday afternoon, as a way to acquire a clearer image on the character of CSA’s protocols. SLC’s medical officers will make their suggestions on the South Africa tour to the SLC following that assembly. The board has largely been led by medical opinion throughout the pandemic, and have been among the many extra reticent on the earth to renew worldwide cricket. If Dr Attanayake and her colleagues are glad that CSA’s preparations are adequate, the tour is more likely to go forward as scheduled.
On Tuesday, CSA’s performing CEO Kugandrie Govender had confirmed the boards had been in contact over well being preparations: “I’ve spoken to the SLC CEO today as planned. We are obviously providing them with information to give all their stakeholders, including their health authorities, the reassurances they need,” she stated.
South Africa are resulting from host Australia and Pakistan later in the summertime, and can’t themselves afford for England’s withdrawal to spiral right into a string of cancellations.
With inputs from Firdose Moonda