England’s rearranged Test tour of Sri Lanka given green light to go ahead as planned after no positive results in latest round of Covid testing with Joe Root and Co to fly out on Saturday
- England’s tour of Sri Lanka will proceed as scheduled after a round of testing
- No positive Covid-19 results were returned by members of the travelling party
- The squad will now fly out on Saturday and undertake two weeks of quarantine
England’s tour of Sri Lanka will proceed as scheduled after the latest round of coronavirus testing yielded no positive results.
The travelling squad will take a charter flight on Saturday and will immediately undertake two weeks of quarantine and training in Hambantota, during which they will be tested every two days.
The ECB confirmed: ‘Following the Covid-19 testing on 30 December, the touring party for the Sri Lanka Test tour have all tested negative. We fly tomorrow evening.’
England’s tour of Sri Lanka will now proceed as scheduled after no positive coronavirus results
England’s original Sri Lanka visit was postponed in March, and there were fears for the re-scheduled dates following the identification of a new and highly contagious strain of the virus.
Joe Root’s team will take part in two Tests, behind closed doors, in Galle – with the first taking place from January 14 and the second from January 22.
The tour, England’s second since the pandemic threw the sporting calendar into chaos, is part of the World Test Championship.
Joe Root’s team will fly out on Saturday and then undertake a quarantine period of a fortnight
The recent white-ball series in South Africa was also cut short after a handful of positive cases at the team hotel left the group mired in anxiety.
It was confirmed that all the players involved in that tour have followed the elite sports guidance and will not be required to quarantine.
A new variant of coronavirus, believed to have originated from the country, has caused disruption to recent sporting events.
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