England all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for coronavirus confirmed ECB on Monday. Moeen Ali is a part of England’s test squad that arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday which underwent an RT-PCR test along with the rest of the squad but he was the only player to test positive for coronavirus.
“Following PCR tests administered on arrival at the airport in Hambantota on Sunday 3rd January, The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19,” the ECB said in a release.
The ECB further stated that Moeen Ali will undergo isolation for the next 10 days as per the COVID-19 Protocols listed by the Sri Lankan government. Additionally, Chris Woakes who is suspected to be a close contact of Ali & will also observe self-isolation till another round of testing.
“Ali will now observe a period of 10-days self-isolation, in accordance with the Sri Lanka Government’s protocol on quarantine,” the ECB said in its release.
“Chris Woakes has been deemed as a possible close contact, and he will observe a period of self-isolation and further testing,” it added.
The rest of the England players & support staff members will undergo a PCR Test for the second time on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, the visitors will start their training for the first time since their arrival in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
“The touring party will be PCR tested for a second time on Tuesday morning. At this stage, the team will train for the first time on Wednesday,” the ECB stated in its release.
The first test match of the two test match series will start on January 14 while the second test match will start from January 22 & will be played till January 26.