Ahead of their two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, England Cricket Team have been advised not to take selfies with fans amid global Coronavirus outbreak, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed in a statement.
The ECB has also asked fans, who’ll be joining the tour, to maintain a good level of hygiene, as advised by the World Health Organization and British National Health Service, to avoid possible infection.
“Following the world health agency’s advice, and in order to protect the players and, in turn, the integrity and continuation of the Sri Lanka Test tour, the team has put in place several precautions, leading to a number of normal activities being cancelled for the foreseeable future,” the ECB said in an official statement.
“England players and staff have been asked to avoid any unnecessary public engagements, and temporarily avoid casual supporter interaction such as selfies or autographs,” added the ECB.
Earlier, before departing for Sri Lanka, England skipper Joe Root said that the players will opt for fist pumps, instead of handshakes.
“We are not shaking hands with each other, using instead the well-established fist bump, and we are washing hands regularly and wiping down surfaces using the anti-bacterial wipes and gels we’ve been given in our immunity packs,” Root said.
Coronavirus Update: The England tour team in Sri Lanka has put in place several precautions.
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) March 11, 2020
The first Test will be played from March 19-23 at the Galle International Stadium.