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England lands in Sri Lanka amid strict Covid-19 security precautions


England's cricketers land in Sri Lanka to be greeted by officials in hazmat suits who spray disinfectant on their clothes and bags. Joe Roots squad begins quarantining Covid for 10 days before two series of tests

  • The English cricket team has come to Sri Lanka for its two test series
  • Players and coaches were greeted at the airport by officials in hazmat suits
  • Clothes and bags were sprayed with disinfection amid Covid-19 worries
  • The entire series will be played in a bio-safe bubble this month
  • The English team is now starting the quarantine for 10 days under the first test in Galle

England's cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday – and were immediately reminded that this wasn't going to be an ordinary tour.

A 23-member playgroup, consisting of 16 squad members and seven reserves, and coaches flew on a charter flight to Mattala Rajapaksa Airport in Hambantota to be greeted by a small army of officials in full Hazmat suits.

The tour group underwent a coronavirus test upon arrival and had their clothes and bags sprayed with disinfectant. With masks on, they were led through the airport to a waiting bus.

The English cricket team landed in Sri Lanka on Sunday to be greeted by officials in full hazmat suits who sprayed disinfectant on their clothes and luggage

The English captain Joe Root (right) wears a mask when the tour group arrives for the two-test tour

The English captain Joe Root (right) wears a mask when the tour group arrives for the two-test tour

All players and staff tested negative for Covid-19 before leaving London on Saturday. A charter flight was required as no commercial flights can land on the island at the moment.

They will now drive to their base in Hambantota for 10 days in individual hotel rooms before the first test in Galle on January 14th. Both tests in the series are played in Galle.

They will be retested on Tuesday and if they get the all-clear, the series will continue as planned.

English captain Joe Root has insisted that the show continue this time around even if one of the players has an illness. The last two tours of England – the original trip to Sri Lanka in March last year and the White Ball tour to South Africa in December – ended prematurely due to the pandemic.

"I don't think a positive test will automatically end this tour," said Root of a trip that again has the strictest protocols and England has to spend the whole month in a bio-safe bubble.

The players lined up to have their clothes disinfected by health officials outside the airport

The players lined up to have their clothes disinfected by health officials outside the airport

The England tour group is now under quarantine for 10 days before the first test on the 14th

The England tour group is now under quarantine for 10 days before the first test on the 14th

Officials in protective clothing were on hand to disinfect the English team's luggage

Officials in protective clothing were on hand to disinfect the English team's luggage

A video posted on the Twitter account in England showed the strict security of Covid in Sri Lanka

A video posted on the Twitter account in England showed the strict security of Covid in Sri Lanka

Officials in white hazmat suits stand ready to disinfect the group's luggage

Officials in white hazmat suits stand ready to disinfect the group's luggage

“They are decisions that must be made by the medical staff. It's not up to the players, although the guys have the option to opt out anytime they feel unsafe.

“We just have to stick to the guidelines as best we can. If we do that, we are giving ourselves the best chance not to be in this situation. We know the protocols if something should happen. & # 39;

There was criticism of England from South Africa when Eoin Morgan's side cut their trip ahead of the one-day series after testing positive three home players and a number of staff at the hotel that housed both sides.

Joe Root watches from behind his mask as England arrives at Rajapaksa Airport

Joe Root watches from behind his mask as England arrives at Rajapaksa Airport

Sam Curran points his thumb in front of the camera as he gets on the bus to the English base

Sam Curran points his thumb in front of the camera as he gets on the bus to the English base

Mark Wood makes his way to the waiting buses amid tight security for England's arrival

Mark Wood makes his way to the waiting buses amid tight security for England's arrival

But Root defended their actions, calling it a "unique" situation, adding. “It was more of a domino effect there, if you like. As a player in this environment, it felt like there was no way out regarding the virus when it started circulating on our side of the hotel.

“The fear that this would build up over time was great and the boys didn't feel safe. The decision was taken out of the players' hands and that was it. & # 39;

In Sri Lanka, there were 44,371 cases and 211 deaths during the pandemic, according to official figures.

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