Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of India series

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Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower examined positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, 48 hours after the squad’s arrival from England and fewer than every week earlier than the house series towards India.

Sri Lanka are set to tackle India in a six-match white-ball series beginning July 13. Flower has been remoted from the remaining of the squad which is present process laborious quarantine on arrival.

“Batting Coach of the Sri Lanka National Team Grant Flower has tested positive for COVID-19,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stated in an announcement.

“He was discovered to be positive throughout a PCR take a look at carried out on him in the present day when Flower confirmed gentle signs of the illness.

“Immediately upon identification, Flower was isolated from the rest of the team members (players and coaches) who are undergoing quarantine following their return from England,” it additional acknowledged.

The SLC stated Flower is “now undergoing due medical protocols.”

All the opposite gamers who’re quarantining have additionally been examined.

Flower is a former Zimbabwe batting nice and was with the group in England the place it misplaced each the T20 International and ODI series.

It has not been clarified as to how Flower acquired contaminated as he was within the group bubble and likewise returned by the identical constitution carrying the Lankan contingent.

Already, three Sri Lankan gamers are going through an inquiry for breaching the COVID-19 protocols in UK throughout the tour. They are Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Dhanushka Gunathilake.

The trio was seen roaming round in Durham exterior the group bubble and all three had been promptly ship again residence even earlier than the completion of the tour.

The SLC has already introduced a five-member inquiry panel comprising Justice Nimal Dissanayaka (Retd Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka), Panduka Keerthinanda (Attorney-at-Law), Asela Rekawa (Attorney-at-Law), Uchitha Wickremasinghe (Attorney-at-Law), Major General (Retd) M.R.W. De Zoysa.

The three gamers had been suspended from all varieties of cricket, pending the completion of the inquiry.

The SLC didn’t enable the Sri Lankan gamers to go residence on return from England and it has been a case of bubble to bubble switch for the squad.

The gamers are quarantining at a 5 star facility right here earlier than the excessive profile series towards India.

The series in query will assist the cash-strapped board earn good-looking income from the published deal.

The SLC has managed to persuade 29 of its prime 30 gamers to signal a retainership contract which was on the centre of a bitter pay dispute.

The solely participant who refused to signal on the dotted strains is Angelo Mathews, indicating that he may even retire.

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