India vs Sri Lanka Start Date Rescheduled: In a massive development, the start date of the upcoming Sri Lanka vs India limited-overs series has been rescheduled following multiple Covid-19 cases being reported from the host team’s camp. Earlier this week, Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan have tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams are scheduled to play a total of six white-ball fixtures in the Island nation.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Lankan camp, the three SL vs IND ODIs will now take place on July 18, 20 and 23 respectively. On the other hand, the three T20I matches between India and Sri Lanka will be played on July 25, 27 and 29 as per the recent media advisory issued by the BCCI.
As per the original schedule, all the six white-ball matches will take place at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo behind closed doors. However, things have turned pretty worse for the hosts due to Covid scare in their camp. Sri Lanka is expected to name a fresh squad for the India series. It is very much likely that none of the players who toured England recently will not be picked for the home limited-overs series against India. Earlier, 7 members of the England ODI contingent, 3 players and 4 support staff persons, that were involved in the series against Sri Lanka tested positive for coronavirus.
“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 had told ESPNcricinfo.
India squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya.
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