The India-Sri Lanka three-match One-Day International series is set to be rescheduled following COVID-19 cases in the Sri Lankan camp. Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and analyst GT Niroshan had tested positive for the virus. While the team is in isolation, the report said Sri Lanka Cricket wanted an extension in isolation to ensure safety of all involved.
“India-Sri Lanka ODI series likely to be postponed to July 17, due to COVID19 cases in the Sri Lankan camp," ANI on Twitter quoted BCCI president Sourav Ganguly as saying.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the first ODI, which was to be held on July 13, has been proposed to be played on July 17. The second and third ODIs will be played on July 19 and July 21.
The three T20Is will be held on July 24, July 25 and July 27.
“Yes, the series will now start from 17th of July instead of 13th. The decision was taken in consultation with SLC keeping the safety and security of players in mind,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
The ODIs were to be played on July 13, 16 and 18. The original schedule had the T20Is on July 21, 23 and 25.
Earlier in the day, SLC confirmed that Data Analyst GT Niroshan has tested positive for COVID-19. It was the second case of COVID-19 in the Sri Lankan camp, after batting coach Grant Flower had tested positive. The team had arrived from England, where they had played three ODIs and three T20Is. Recently, seven members of the English camp including three players had tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of their series against Pakistan.
“The Data Analyst of the Sri Lanka National Team, G.T. Niroshan, has tested positive for Covid 19," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.
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“He was found to be positive, following a PCR Test carried out among the National Players, Coaches, and Support Staff yesterday, following the identification of Grant Flower as Covid Positive.
“Niroshan is now undergoing due medical protocols."