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SA players likely to avoid customary handshakes on India tour, says coach Boucher

PTI
Published Mar 9, 2020, 3:54 pm IST
Updated Mar 9, 2020, 3:54 pm IST
South African team to "strictly adhere" to all the healthcare protocols
NOT TAKING CHANCES: South Africa head coach Mark Boucher. DC Photo
 NOT TAKING CHANCES: South Africa head coach Mark Boucher. DC Photo

New Delhi: In India for the three-match ODI series, the South African cricketers could avoid the customary handshakes during their stay in the country, head coach Mark Boucher has said as the number of reported positive coronavirus cases in the country crossed 40 on Monday.

The South African team will "strictly adhere" to the healthcare protocols, Boucher said.

 

"With regards to handshakes and type of stuff are a concern, so it will probably be fine if we do the same if it comes to that. I think it's a way to stop anything from happening to our guys," Boucher told the media during his pre-departure press conference when asked about shaking hands with the opposition team's players.

"I think it's out of respect for players around you and not to pass on something that you might have," the former Proteas stumper added.

South Africa went ahead with the tour only after their medical and security team gave a go-ahead after doing a risk assessment. "Look we have a security staff and if we have medical concerns, we give it to them and they come up with recommendations. If they think its too dangerous, they will pull us out and they are no different," he said.

 

Covid19 is a concern and that's what they have been briefed, said Boucher. "We had a nice brief last night from medical staff about the virus going around is that its a major concern. We are not medical people and we don't know medicine like they do.

"So we have taken their recommendations and I am sure they have put stuff in places that's going to help us."

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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