Expressing serious concern over deadly coronavirus scare in India, South African head coach Mark Boucher on Monday said that the South African cricketers could avoid the customary handshakes during their stay in India.
The number of positive coronavirus cases in the country crossed 40 on Monday.
The number of positive cases in India stands at 43 at the moment and the South African team that landed in the national capital for three ODIs in the wee hours of Monday, will “strictly adhere” to the healthcare protocols.
“With regards to handshakes and type of stuff that’s 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 it’s too dangerous, they will pull us out and they are no different,” he said.