Sri Lanka series to go on amidst South Africa lockdown
South African government has enforced level three restrictions in the country, following the new wave of COVID-19 spread in the country and that won’t affect the ongoing Sri Lanka series.
The first Test has came to end in the hosts’ favor. South Africa won the first Test by an innings and 45 runs at SuperSport Park Centurion. With the win in Boxing Day Test, the hosts take a lead of 1-0 in the two-match Test series.
Meanwhile, the country is facing a widespread of coronavirus infections since the last week and that too said to be the newly found virus type. As an immediate effect, the government of the country has enforced strict lockdown measures in the country by moving the restrictions from level one to level three.
As per the new lockdown norms, the government has prohibited all gatherings for two weeks and enforced a stricter curfew. This raised concerns on the continuation of the two-match Test series between South Africa and Sri Lanka. The second and final Test of the series is scheduled to play at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Now Cricket South Africa cleared that the Test series will go on as per the schedule with strict regulations. The level three restrictions allow for international sports to take place involving countries with a low or medium infection and transmission rate.
“Only journalists, radio, television crew, security personnel, emergency medical services, and the necessary employees employed by the owners of the venue of the sport match, are allowed at the venue of the sport match and only the required number of players, match officials, support staff and medical crew required for the sport match, are allowed at the venue of the sport match,” the COVID-19 regulation read.