On Sunday before the two-Test series between the teams later this month, England landed in Sri Lanka with a series of strict coronavirus protocols in place for the arrival of the visitors. After a charter flight, a 23-man playgroup comprising 16 squad members and seven replacements, plus coaching staff were screened for COVID-19 on landing at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota.
As they did before leaving London, all members of the tour party, who were sprayed with disinfectant by airport workers in full protective suits, returned negative test results. @englandcricket arrived in Sri Lanka. Strict quarantine at the airport on arrival. Great here to be. Pic.twitter.com/aYYDxorKPZ- Danny Reuben (@dannyreuben) January 3, 2021They will now begin their mandatory quarantine period in Hambantota, beginning with isolation in individual hotel rooms until they are subjected to another virus screening round on Tuesday. If those findings return negative, then Tuesday afternoon, the players would be able to practice, starting preparations for a series that was scheduled to take place last March but was postponed due to the pandemic. Both experiments will take place behind closed doors in Galle, with the first match scheduled to start on January 14 and the second eight days later. There are stringent measures in place to deal with the coronavirus in Sri Lanka, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has reported 211 deaths and 44,371 cases. Last month, the Sri Lankan government suspended commercial flights from Britain to the region.