New Zealand cricketers have been told to undergo 14-day self-isolation after having returned home from their aborted limited-overs tour of Australia last week. Also Read - Covid-19 Warriors: MP Doctor Turns His Car Into a Temporary Home To Protect His Family From Coronavirus
On Thursday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed that the 15 cricketers, led by Kane Williamson, have gone into self-isolation in wake of coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Children Experience Milder Symptoms of COVID-19 Than Adults
“They [Black Caps players and touring staff] have all gone into self-isolation,” NZC public affairs manager Richard Brook told stuff.co.nz. “We’ve passed on all the details about what self-isolation means and as far as we know they’re all following it strictly.” Also Read - Miss England Bhasha Mukherjee Returns to Work as Doctor in UK Amid COVID-19 Crisis
This comes after New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s directive that travellers arriving in the country self-isolate themselves for two weeks.
The headquarters of NZC in Auckland will have work from home on Friday, Brook said.
New Zealand’s three-match ODI series in Australia was called off midway after the tourists had lost the opening match by 71 runs in an empty Sydney Cricket Ground.
During the tour Lockie Ferguson complained of a sore throat following which he was he was tested for coronavirus, the result of which came out negative.
Cricket in New Zealand has suffered like it has been the case elsewhere with all domestic competitions called-off and leaders declared winners.
New Zealand cricket teams (men and women) future tour assignments are also under cloud of uncertainty with the world grappling with the deadly coronavirus that has infected over 2,00,000 and close to resulted in loss of over 8,900 lives.