England tour of Sri Lanka 2021: Moeen Ali Tests Covid Positive on Arrival in Hambantota

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England cricketer Moeen Ali has tested Covid-19 positive on arrival in Sri Lanka. He has tested positive at Hambantota Airport on arrival and will undergo a self-isolation for ten days. England cricket team have got exemptions as they are the only one to travel outside United Kingdom when the outside world has isolated them for emergence of a new variant of Covid-19.

However, as of now there is no confirmation that whether Ali was tested positive for the new variant.

“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.

“Ali will now observe a period of 10-days self-isolation, in accordance with the Sri Lanka Government’s protocol on quarantine.”

Pace bowler Chris Woakes has been deemed as a possible close contact and will observe a period of self-isolation and further testing.The touring party will undergo testing for a second time on Tuesday and is set to train for the first time on Wednesday. The second test starts Jan. 22 and is also in Galle.

(With Agencies)