India vs Sri Lanka series has been postponed due to covid attack in Sri Lankan camp. The six-match series in Sri Lanka will now start from July 18. The series was originally scheduled to start with the three ODIs on July 13.
Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan tested positive. It means an extended quarantine period for the squad members.
Officials on rescheduling the India vs Sri Lanka Series
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, “India-Sri Lanka ODI series to start on July 18 due to COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lankan team camp,
“Normally, the moment we get any positive result we announce. There has been another round of RT-PCR tests conducted yesterday and the results were supposed to come today. We only get the results if there is any positive cases,” a source in SLC told PTI.
“If all goes well, the UK-returned players would be able to come out of their hard quarantine (room isolation) and enter the bio-bubble. The robust testing is expected to continue as per norms (every third or fifth day),
Asked about the health status of batting coach Flower and analyst Niroshan, both of whom have tested positive on return from the UK, the source said that there hasn’t been any deterioration in their health or medical parameters.
“Grant and Niroshan are at an isolation facility as per protocols. Both are asymptomatic and doing fine as of now. There hasn’t been any deterioration of health as per our knowledge. They will complete their stipulated isolation period,” he said.
As far as its revised training itinerary is concerned, it is understood that the Sri Lankan team will be practicing at the Khettarama (R Premadasa Stadium) here since the Indians are training at the Singhalese Sports Club ground (SSC). The official is confident that there won’t be any more hiccups before the opening ODI on July 18.