South Africa’s 16-member team, which travelled to India for a three-match ODI series have been advised to remain self-isolated by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Earlier, the three-match series was scheduled to be kicked off at HCA Stadium in Dharamsala. The match was abandoned due to rain without a single delivery being bowled in the game.
It was decided that the remainder of the series will be played within closed doors due to the outbreak of the pandemic, coronavirus. However, after a mutual agreement between the two boards – CSA and BCCI – the series will now be played later.
“We have recommended that all players self-isolate and social distance themselves for a minimum of 14 days because I think it’s proper guidance to protect people around them,” clarified CSA’s Chief Medical Officer Shuaib Manjra.
The pandemic, which has gripped the globe, COVID-19, has now taken 7,800 lives and infected over 1,90,000 people.
The virus cases also reached the shores of India off-late, with as many as three fatal cases, and over 140 reported cases.
“In that period, should any of them have any symptoms or any other factors of concern, we will ensure we investigate appropriately and manage it accordingly,” Manjra added, according to sport24.co.za.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared that Europe is now the prime epicentre of a global pandemic.
Coronavirus has claimed lives in countries such as Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Iran. The virus, hailing from Wuhan in China, has put the major event in the sporting world on a significant standstill.