South Africa head coach Mark Boucher revealed that the players from the South African team will try to avoid the customary handshakes during their upcoming India tour. India so far has confirmed 43 cases the number is likely to rise in the coming days. "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.
Boucher said that strict health protocols will be followed and the team is expected to be in regular touch with the health officals in South Africa. 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. South Africa is scheduled to play three one day internationals against India commencing from March 12.