South Africa’s tour to India was called off after the first One-Day International (ODI) was washed out. However, both boards agreed to re-schedule the tournament, once the coronavirus pandemic threat was reduced.
South Africa chief medical officer confirmed players showed no sign of virus
South Africa touring squad were placed in self-isolation for 14 days, as advised. Players were kept under constant monitoring. Proteas chief medical officer Dr Shuaib Manjra says the Proteas touring group that went to India didn’t show signs of the coronavirus.
“The Proteas were placed into self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving back from India as per the recommendations. During this period‚ we continued to monitor the players for symptoms and signs of the disease.
“All the players were symptom free and those who opted to do the test were negative‚” Manjra said. All the players remain under lockdown as per the government regulations but we’re aware of the players needing to remain fit.
“Instructions have been sent to them in this regard.”
‘Players are getting time to rest’
South Africa fitness trainer Tumi Masekela said the one positive from the coronavirus outbreak is that players will have enough time to rest and recover from niggles. However‚ co-ordinating and communicating messages during the lockdown isn’t going to be easy.
“We normally have a short turnaround time in between series‚ so the unexpected benefit with Covid-19 is that we’ve had time to address all their small niggles.
“They’ve got time to rest and do the strengthening to prevent future injuries‚” Masekela said.
“The training and the communication has to be remote‚ along with the communication.
“That’s a direct result of the Covid-19. We can’t do our normal training where we can continually assess players and adjust programmes accordingly.”