India vs Sri Lanka ODI: While Niroshan’s confirmation was given on Friday, Sri Lanka’s batting coach Flower tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, 48 hours after the squad’s arrival from England.
The limited-overs series between Ind and SL has been postponed due to Covid-19 cases in the home team’s camp. SL’s batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst G T Niroshan had tested positive for Covid-19 upon their return from their tour to England. The cases have forced SLC to extend the quarantine period of the Sri Lanka players from the stipulated three days.
This has in turn pushed back the start of the series to another date. The first ODI will now start on July 17 instead of July 13.
After talking to sources in SLC, it has been learned that new dates are still being chalked out in consultation with the BCCI. The tentative dates could be July 17, 19, and 21 for the 50-over games, while the three-match T20I rubber is likely to start from July 24.
“Yes, the series will now start from 17th of July instead of 13th. The decision was taken in consultation with SLC keeping the safety and security of players in mind,” a senior BCCI official told PTI, confirming the development.
As per the original schedule, the series was going to start on 13 July with 3 consecutive limited over ODI matches then followed by series of T20 starting from 21 July which has to be postponed now, three ODI matches were on 13th, 16, and 18th July.
The second-string Indian team, being led by Shikhar Dhawan with Rahul Dravid as chief coach, has completed its hard quarantine and has been training in Colombo.
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“Yesterday we tested the others once again and today G T Niroshan’s report came positive and he was also isolated. Since we didn’t receive any other positive reports as of now, it means that the players who returned from the UK have tested negative in their second RT PCR test.”
The series is now being pushed back by four days despite the SLC keeping two groups of players in separate bio-bubbles.
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It is worth noting that the entire squad after their arrival from England on 6th July was tested for Covid-19. All of the players have tested negative but Sri Lanka’s batting coach tested positive. At this stage, the entire squad is quarantined in a hotel in Colombo and will have to complete 7 days quarantine.
– As per the local norms 14 days quarantine is necessary before being cleared to move freely
– As the Sri Lanka team was in a BIO-BUBBLE authorities decided to reduce the quarantine period to 7
– First 3 days of Quarantine, they are completely locked in their rooms
– Next 4, they will be allowed to use hotel Gym & Pool
– The players can participate in any kind of outdoor activity only after completion of 7 days quarantine
– The Quarantine period for the SLC team will end on 12th July
As we know before some days there was Covid-19 blast in England’s cricket Camp now in Sri Lanka’s Squad which is really leading to the single question in the cricket lovers are players unaware about the spreading of covid-19 or they are carefree but whatever the reason may be now SL vs Ind series is postponed.
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