Sri Lankan cricketers returned home after finishing the Limited overs series against England. However, on their return, all the cricketers have been sent for Quarantine in their return from England. On Tuesday’s news breakout that 7 members of England cricket have been tested positive for Covid-19.
The 7 members include 3 cricketers and four staff members. Due to this both The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC) are keeping an eye on the COVID test report of the Sri Lankan cricket team. BCCI is concerned about COVID results due to the upcoming Limited overs series between Indian and Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan will lead India alongside deputy Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 3 ODI and 3 T20I series.
England and Wales cricket board (ECB) ordered all the covid positive players to self isolate themselves. Also, the entire England team was ordered to isolate to stop the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, ECB prepared a completely new squad to face off against Pakistan in the limited-overs series. The new squad announced by ECB will be led by Ben stokes and it includes 9 uncapped cricketers. Also, Sri Lanka Cricket will be hoping to get negative reports of players on Wednesday.
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We haven’t been allowed to enter our room: Sri Lanka coach
“We arrived here [in Colombo] and we haven’t been allowed to enter our rooms without the result of a rapid antigen test, which luckily, I think most of our squad have got through. We’ve done another PCR where the results come out tomorrow (Wednesday). At the end of that ODI, there was a fair amount of banter between the two teams – quite a lot of chat and quite a lot of talk – so it did bring about some anxious times,” Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur told ESPNCricinfo.
“The players will undergo an appropriate quarantine period allocated by the Ministry of Health and frequent PCR tests before they begin training (for the India series),” one of the team doctors told Daily Mirror Sri Lanka.
Monitoring the situation regarding the England team incident: BCCI treasurer
Arun Dhumal stated that BCCI is also being extra cautious after the England cricketers were found COVID positive. The SLC and BCCI will be taking necessary measures to avoid any kind of Bio-Bubble breach. So the series can be completed without any problems.
“Yes, we are aware of the situation. But our message to the team is the same as it was before. Before their departure, we asked them to take extra precautions regarding COVID. The team in Sri Lanka is following all the necessary protocols. But we are obviously monitoring the situation regarding the England team incident. If there is any development in the Sri Lanka team that went to the UK, we will take a call accordingly,” Arun Dhumal told InsideSport.
If someone from the Sri Lankan team is found positive for Covid-19. The SLC board will have to prepare a second-string squad to finish the series against India