England cricketer Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Sri Lanka for the 2-match Test series between the two sides. The series was initially supposed to take place in March but due to the pandemic situation that was just beginning back then, it was postponed indefinitely. The series then received the green light for January 2021 and amidst strict protocols, the English camp travelled and arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday.
Both Tests will be held at the Galle International Stadium with the first Test scheduled to begin on the 14th of January and the second on the 22nd. The two sides will meet again in an ODI series that will be held in June and the hosts will be England.
Chris Woakes to also self-isolate
The official Twitter handle of the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the news of Moeen Ali’s positive test. They wrote, “JUST IN: Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Sri Lanka, and will now observe 10 days of self-isolation.”
Further, pacer Chris Woakes who reportedly came in close contact with Moeen Ali has also been asked to self-isolate for the period of 10 days. The ICC said, “Chris Woakes will also enter self-isolation having been deemed a possible close contact.“
The first Test will begin on the 14th of January and prior to that, England are scheduled to play a practice match among themselves.