Virus infiltrates Sri Lanka camp, India series postponed

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A Covid outbreak within the Lankan camp has compelled the postponement of the upcoming India-Sri Lanka restricted overs series. Instead of July 13, the ODI series is now more likely to begin on July 17, whereas the ultimate T20I is on July 27 after the rescheduling. The push-back has come within the wake of two Sri Lanka workforce assist employees contracting the virus.

“New dates are 17th-27th; maybe even further delayed,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) spokesperson advised The Indian Express, including: “After the second positive case, the idea is to ascertain that nobody else is affected, and hence the decision has been taken to wait for a few days.”

An SLC functionary knowledgeable that the board has requested the selectors to rearrange back-up squads as a contingency.

India, led by Shikhar Dhawan, are scheduled to play three ODIs adopted by as many T20Is and the primary match was initially scheduled on Tuesday. However, Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower examined optimistic for Covid-19 on Thursday, three days after the squad returned from England.

On Friday, Sri Lanka’s information analyst GT Niroshan examined optimistic and was moved to intermediate care models alongside Flower. It is learnt that the second case in two days prompted SLC to push again the India series by 4 days in session with BCCI and the broadcasters. As for the Sri Lankan squad, they may stay in isolation for 2 extra days and can enter the bio-bubble subsequent to recent RT-PCR assessments.

The information of recent optimistic assessments got here on the heels of three Sri Lankan gamers breaching the workforce bio-bubble in Durham throughout the England tour. The SLC suspended Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka for the breach.

The Covid outbreak within the Sri Lankan camp follows the virus badly affecting the England workforce forward of their ongoing dwelling series in opposition to Pakistan. With seven people – together with gamers and assist employees – testing optimistic on Tuesday and the complete workforce going into isolation, England and Wales Cricket Board named a completely new squad, led by Ben Stokes, for the three-match ODI series.

Meanwhile, SLC has knowledgeable that the Lanka Premier League 2021, which was anticipated to begin on July 29, will now be performed from November 19 to December 12.

Tentative revised dates for the Sri Lanka-India series: July 17, 19 and 21 (ODIs); July 24, 25 and 27 (T20Is)

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