Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19, South Africa vs. India ODI was called off, the South African players who returned to Africa from their incomplete ODI tour of India reportedly had no symptoms of Coronavirus.
All the South African players who returned from ODI had no symptoms of Coronavirus and some people who underwent the tests the results for their test were negative. According to the Cricket South Africa Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shuaib Manjra, the people who returned from India on March 18 have successfully completed their 14 days period of self-isolation on Thursday but they will remain in lockdown for the next two weeks just like the rest of the county. “All players didn’t show up any symptoms and those who willing opted for tests returned with negative results”.
The first match of South Africa and India ODI was scheduled on 12th March & was called off after the first match due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 Pandemic.
Talking about South Africa then it is in the midst of a 21 day nationwide lockdown that prohibits the people to leave their home except to buy food or medicines and does not allow any outdoor activities or exercise.
Now CSA’s focus is to maintain the fitness of the players and trainer Tumi Masekela has sent all the the South African players their respective training programs.
Tumi Masekela said, “We have got the time to work with the players in terms of addressing their small issues which they may have & players too got time to take rest as well focus on their fitness completely”.
“The one thing which I want to build in players is the running volume, the aerobic capacity which I am going to try and build up in the coming next two weeks, so the task is quite challenging which will definitely involve lots of running, lots of cardio work, cycling or swimming”, Masekela added.
Currently, South Africa doesn’t have any International tournament on their plate until June. South Africa has more than 1400 positive COVID-19 people with five deaths so far.