The limited-overs collection between India and Sri Lanka has been postponed on account of Covid-19 circumstances within the house group’s camp. Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and knowledge analyst G T Niroshan had examined constructive for Covid-19 upon their return from their tour to England. The circumstances have pressured Sri Lanka Cricket to increase the quarantine interval of the Sri Lanka gamers from the stipulated three days.
This has in flip pushed again the beginning of the collection to a different date. The primary ODI will now begin on July 17 as an alternative of July 13.
“Sure, the collection will now begin from seventeenth of July as an alternative of thirteenth. The choice was taken in session with SLC conserving the security and safety of gamers in thoughts,” a senior BCCI official informed PTI, confirming the event.
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After speaking to sources in SLC, it has been learnt that new dates are nonetheless being chalked out in session with the BCCI. The tentative dates may very well be July 17, 19 and 21 for the 50-over video games, whereas the three-match T20I rubber is prone to begin from July 24.
“We’re discussing a number of choices on the recent itinerary,” a supply in SLC informed PTI.
As per the unique schedule, the collection was to begin with the ODI leg on July 13, adopted by matches on July 16 and July 18. The T20I video games have been scheduled for July 21, July 23 and July 25.
The second-string Indian group, being led by Shikhar Dhawan with Rahul Dravid as chief coach, has accomplished its laborious quarantine and has been coaching in Colombo.
The SLC supply knowledgeable that every one the Sri Lankan gamers who got here again from UK have examined unfavourable.
“As soon as the contingent returned from the UK, Grant examined constructive on arrival in RT PCR on the primary day. All different gamers have been then of their respective room (laborious) quarantine. We eliminated Grant instantly in separate isolation zone. He’s asymptomatic,” the supply added.
“Yesterday we examined the others as soon as once more and right now G T Niroshan’s report got here constructive and he was additionally remoted. Since we did not obtain some other constructive stories as of now, it implies that the gamers who returned from UK have examined unfavourable of their second RT PCR check.”
The collection is now being pushed again by 4 days regardless of the SLC conserving two teams of gamers in separate bio-bubbles.
“Aside from the UK-returned batch, now we have created two extra bio-bubbles in Colombo. In a single bubble there are 13 gamers and in one other there are 26. So, 39 gamers can be found to select a squad from. However BCCI wish to play the primary group for apparent causes,” the SLC supply stated.
For the reason that Sri Lanka white-ball group would not have any commitments after this, the rescheduling wasn’t an enormous downside.
With all of the video games on the Premadasa Stadium, the dates might be stored versatile as no travelling is concerned.
The Indian group is staying at its most well-liked location for the final three many years — Taj Samudra.
Whereas Niroshan’s conformation was given on Friday, Sri Lanka’s batting coach Flower examined constructive for COVID-19 on Thursday, 48 hours after the squad’s arrival from England.
All the opposite gamers who’re quarantining have additionally been examined.
Earlier than testing unfavourable, Sri Lanka’s squad had confronted an anxious look ahead to the outcomes of their RT-PCR exams on returning house, following a COVID-19 outbreak within the England squad after the ultimate match of their tour in Bristol on Sunday.
The Lankans have been in a little bit of turmoil even in any other case with a dispute over contracts and an ongoing inquiry into bio-bubble breach by three gamers throughout the England tour including to their woes.
(with PTI inputs)