England all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Hambantota, the ECB and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Monday. Ali are going to be in self-isolation for a period of 10 days after which he are going to be allowed to coach with the remainder of the team, provided he returns negative Covid-19 tests.
England squad arrived during a chartered plane from London on Sunday as Sri Lanka government suspended commercial flights arriving into the country from the united kingdom during a bid to tackle the spread of the virus within the island nation. The whole squad along side the support staff had tested negative for Covid-19 before their departure from London.
“Following PCR tests administered on arrival at the airport in Hambantota on Monday 4th January, the England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19,” the ECB said during a statement.
Chris Woakes deemed possible close contact
While Moeen Ali are going to be in self-isolation for 10 days, all-rounder Chris Woakes also will enter “a period” of self-isolation as he has been deemed as possible close contact with Ali.
“Chris Woakes has been deemed as a possible close contact, and he will observe a period of self-isolation and further testing,” the ECB said.
The entire touring England party are going to be PCR tested for the 2nd time in Sri Lanka on Tuesday morning. England are scheduled to possess their first training session on Wednesday.
England will play 2 Tests in Galle, starting January 14 and 22 against Sri Lanka who are currently in South Africa for a 2-Test series.
The England team is predicted to depart to India following the 2nd Tests in Sri Lanka for a 4-Test series against India. The 4 Tests are going to be played from February 5 to March 8 in Chennai and Ahmedabad.