IND vs SL: Team India is all set to play 3 ODIs and as many T20I matches in Sri Lanka starting with the 50-over games on 13 July. The Indian team has already completed their quarantine in the Island nation and are currently preparing within their bio-bubbles for the upcoming limited-overs matches. On the other hand, Sri Lanka team is coming from England and the players will have to quarantine upon reaching their home.
After 7 members of England ODI contingent were tested positive for Covid-19, the Sri Lanka team has come under the scanner. Both England and Sri Lanka recently played 3 T20Is and as many ODI matches where the players from both the camps came in close contact. This is the reason why the BCCI and SLC are currently anxiously waiting for the reports of Lanka players arrived from England. All the Sri Lanka players and staff members are currently under isolation and their Covid-19 results will be out on 7 July.
“We arrived here [in Colombo] and we haven’t been allowed to enter our rooms without the result of a rapid antigen test, which luckily, I think most of our squad have got through. We’ve done another PCR where the results come out tomorrow (Wednesday). At the end of that ODI there was a fair amount of banter between the two teams – quite a lot of chat and quite a lot of talk – so it did bring about some anxious times,” Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur told ESPNcricinfo.
In order to ensure a safe tour, it has been understood that Sri Lanka Cricket will also increase the testing frequency. The Indian team has also been alerted and has been asked to be extra cautious after several Covid-19 cases being reported after the conclusion of the England vs Sri Lanka series.
“The players will undergo an appropriate quarantine period allocated by the Ministry of Health and frequent PCR tests before they begin training (for the India series),” one of the team doctors told Daily Mirror Sri Lanka.
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