England captain Joe Root on Monday announced that players of his team will not engage in any hand shaking courtesy during their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in a bid to avoid any Corona Virus contagion.
Addressing the most talked issue of the time, the Yorkshire batsman said instead of hand shakes, the players will greet each other with first bumps. England are all set to depart for their two-Test tour in the island nation.
“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 said mentioning the severe gastroenteritis and flu problems that swept into the team before and during the first Test in South Africa.
“Apart from not shaking hands, we are washing hands regularly and wiping down surfaces using the anti-bacterial wipes and gels we’ve been given in our immunity packs.
“There is no suggestion that the tour will be affected, but of course it is an evolving situation so we are in regular contact with the authorities and will proceed as advised, but at this stage we fully expect the tour to continue as planned,” he added.
England will play the first of two practice matches against a Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI in Katunayake on Saturday. The Test series will be part of the ICC World Test Championship and will each be worth 60 points.
Although England clean swept Sri Lanka by 3-0 two years ago, Joe Root is expecting the challenge will be more this time.
“The conditions will be a bit different with the time of year we are going this time,” he said. “It was an exceptional performance last time and I think we can take a lot of confidence from that in terms of how to play out there,” he added.
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