After two cases of covid-19 were reported in the Sri Lankan team in the India-Sri Lanka series, the schedule of India’s six-match limited overs series against the home team has been changed and now the first ODI will be played July 17 instead of July 13.
After returning from the UK, Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to extend the strict three-day quarantine.
Confirming this, a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told PTI, “Yes, the series will now start from July 17 instead of July 13.” Keeping in mind the safety of the players, this decision has been taken only in consultation with Sri Lanka Cricket.
As per the pre-determined schedule, the series was to start from the ODI phase on July 13, with the next two matches scheduled to be held on July 16 and 18. T20 International matches were to be held on 21, 23 and 25 July.
Niroshan was confirmed to be covid positive on Friday, while Flower tested positive on Thursday and was detected 48 hours after the team returned from England. All other players living in isolation have also been investigated.
The Sri Lankan team had to eagerly await the results of their PCR test after returning home before coming negative as several players in the England team tested positive for COVID-19 after the final match of the tour in Bristol on Sunday.