The limited-overs series between India and Sri Lanka was in jeopardy as Covid-19 positive cases emerged in the Sri Lankan camp. Earlier, Head coach Grant Flower and team analyst G T Niroshan tested positive for the virus. Consequently, all the players and support staff members had to isolate themselves for six days.
“The data analyst of the Sri Lanka National Team, G. T Niroshan, has tested positive for COVID-19. He was found to be positive, following a PCR test carried out among national players, coaches, and support staff yesterday, following the identification of Grant Flower as COVID positive. Niroshan is now undergoing due to medical protocols,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.
The RT-PCR results of the remaining players returned negative today. The Sri Lankan team will now come out of isolation and begin their training over the next few days. They will be using the facilities at Khettarama Stadium. The Indian team trains at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC). The teams are also in separate hotels, reports ESPNCricinfo.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the series against Sri Lanka has been postponed. The series features three one-day internationals and as many T20 internationals. As the remaining Sri Lankan players have tested negative, the series is likely to go ahead as per the revised schedule.
The revised schedule for India’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka:
India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – ODI series
1st ODI: July 18, Colombo, 2:30 PM IST
2nd ODI: July 20, Colombo, 2:30 PM IST
3rd ODI: July 23, Colombo, 2:30 PM IST
India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – T20I series
1st T20I: July 25, Colombo, 7:00 PM IST
2nd T20I: July 27, Colombo, 7:00 PM IST
3rd T20I: July 29, Colombo, 7:00 PM IST
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