The South African Cricket Association announced new plans regarding the isolation & safety of players. PR Representatives confirmed that they’d implement a “Bio-Bubble”, which they hope will limit the spread and exposure to COVID-19. Under these conditions, regular matches could resume in South Africa.
This announcement follows after the association reviewed the fixed matches of German Bundesliga. That respective league plays football and resumed play on May 13th. Their strategies to protect players have seemingly worked over the last several days. However, accurate insight into the effectiveness of “Bio-Bubbles” won’t be revealed until June 6th. This will mark the fourteen-day period & will show if any of those respective players in the German Bundesliga were infected with COVID-19.
Under these new revelations, the South African Cricket Association would have to revert their plans. It’s for these core reasons that sporting analysts in SA have claimed this announcement was made hastily. However, the CSA is doing everything to resume their seasonal matches before the Twenty20 Internationals begin in August. There’s also another tour slated against India for August, which could be forced into postponement until September.
The South African Government has continued to enforce their COVID-19 Lockdown Restrictions, which applies towards large-scale corporations and sporting associations. Special exemptions aren’t being made to ensure the protection of South African Civilians, with a large percentage being homeless and severely at risk from this virus.
The CSA Head Medical Officer provided insight into their announcement. He noted that significant protocols would be enforced, ensuring that the cricket bio-bubble is sanitised by on-site personnel. Testing would be maintained for all those entering & leaving this facility, allowing the South African Cricket Association to create a protective eco-system. This decision was consulted with medical experts in Australia and England, who confirmed that Bio-Bubbles should protect players.
It should be noted that Spain’s La Liga is also resuming their operations. Large-scale companies and sporting associations are ignoring the realities associated with COVID-19. The CSA will now petition their government to allow activities to renew. The chances of them receiving approval are unlikely until COVID-19 infections begin lowering throughout South Africa.