The COVID-19 pandemic has once again spoiled the enthusiasm of cricket fans. Due to the pandemic, the limited over series between India and Sri Lanka will not commence from July 13. According to the report of ESPNcricinfo, the one-day series will now start from July 17. At the same time, the schedule of the T20 series has also been changed. The first match of the three-match T20 series will now be played from July 24 instead of July 21.
As per sources, just a week from the start of the series, the virus has infected some members of the Sri Lankan Cricket team. As of now, two members of the team have been tested positive for the virus. The coach of the Sri Lankan Cricket team, Grant Flower and the team’s data analyst GT Niroshan has been diagnosed with COVID-19. On Thursday, Grant Flower tested positive for the virus and subsequently GT Niroshan’s report came out positive. The Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the news of the outbreak of the virus within the team.
The management of the Sri Lanka Cricket issued a statement soon after this news. The statement read that after Grant Flower tested positive for COVID-19, an RT-PCR test was conducted on every national player, coach and support staff member yesterday. After the tests, GT Niroshan tested positive while all other members tested negative. According to the statement, Niroshan is undergoing treatment as per the medical protocol. Notably, Grant Flower tested positive for the virus within 48 hours after returning from England. However, Flower is in strict isolation after returning from England.
The new schedule of the two series are as follows:
One-Day International Series:
First ODI: 17th July
Second ODI: 19th July
Third ODI: 21st July
First T20I: 24th July
Second T20I: 25th July
Third T20: 27th July