England all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19. The news was confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday.
Ali tested positive for coronavirus after the England team arrived in Sri Lanka on January 3 for their two-match Test series, which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship. The touring party underwent the RT-PCR coronavirus test at the Hambantota airport, where the 33-year old all-rounder tested positive.
England had reported that all the members touring Sri Lanka had tested negative for the virus before their departure that week, however, the result turned out to be otherwise upon their arrival in Hambantota.
Moeen Ali will now have to serve a self-isolation period of 10 days. Additionally, Chris Woakes has also been instructed to undergo a self-isolation period as he was found a possible close contact of Ali.
“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,” an official statement released by ECB confirmed.
The touring party will undergo another test for coronavirus on Tuesday. “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,” ECB informed.
The Sri Lanka tour is England’s second foreign tour after the resumption of cricket that was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. England and Sri Lanka will lock horns in two Tests, the first one commencing from January 14 and will be played till January 18 in Galle, while the second Test is slated to be played from January 22 to January 26.