Sri Lanka Batting Coach COVID-19 Positive: Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the limited-overs series against India. After this massive development, the entire Lanka contingent that recently arrived from England has been asked to quarantine themselves. India’s tour of Sri Lanka starts with the first ODI on 13 July.
Earlier this week, 7 members of the England contingent, 3 players and 4 support staff persons who were involved in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, had tested positive for Covid-19. It has been understood that in order to ensure a safe India vs Sri Lanka, it has been understood that Sri Lanka Cricket will also increase the testing frequency. Also, the Indian contingent has been alerted and asked to be extra cautious after several Covid-19 cases being reported after the conclusion of the England vs Sri Lanka series.
“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.
“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.
India will play 3 ODIs and 3 T20I matches against Sri Lanka starting from 13 July-25 July. All the six limited-overs games during the upcoming Lanka tour will take place at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
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