South Africa cricketers asked to undertake 14-day self isolation after India return
South Africa team returned home after the tour of India got postponed amid coronavirus fear. The board has asked the players to undergo self-isolation for the next two weeks to ensure the safety of everyone.
The cricketing events have been affected massively due to the coronavirus and many series have been postponed including South Africa’s tour of India. The first ODI was set to be played, but it was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain in the end.
Later, it was announced that the series was postponed due to the coronavirus. After the first ODI, the second and third were to be played behind closed doors before being abandoned. The team was to leave home from Delhi but chose the safety of Kolkata which, till their departure, had reported not one case of coronavirus infection.
Dr. Shuaib Manjra, Cricket South Africa’s medical officer has talked with all the players and educated them about the coronavirus pandemic. and has also asked to undergo self-isolation after returning home.
“SA had engaged in a risk assessment before the tour. We deemed the risk to be very low. While on tour the world became a different place and we had to take cognisance of the fact that there was a change in the global environment,” he said.
The sudden decision of postponing the series came after the massive spread of the virus. The fear of border closure and player’s mental state regarding their families also contributed to their decision.
The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa have gone up to 116 so far with their president already declaring the virus as a national disaster