2nd T20I in Sri Lanka to be played today after Krunal Pandya tests positive | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Covid continues to stump cricket. Just a number of hours earlier than it was scheduled to start, the second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka on the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday was postponed by 24 hours after India allrounder Krunal Pandya examined positive for Covid-19. The remaining two T20Is of the sequence will now be played on Wednesday and Thursday. It was determined to proceed with the sequence solely after the RT-PCR outcomes of all of the Team India gamers, barring Krunal, returned destructive on Tuesday night.
Apparently, Krunal examined positive for Covid-19 following Rapid Antigen tests performed forward of Tuesday’s recreation. The participant was despatched into isolation and an RTPCR check was known as for.
More worryingly for India is that indisputable fact that, in accordance to sources, the BCCI’s medical group in Colombo has recognized batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav amongst the eight gamers who’ve been recognized as Krunal’s shut contacts. Shaw and Yadav had been on Monday named as replacements to fly from Colombo to England, to be part of the Indian group gearing up for the 5 Test matches in opposition to England.
Apart from Shaw and Yadav, 5 different gamers deemed to be Krunal’s shut contacts are his brother and allrounder Hardik Pandya, wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, opener Devdutt Padikkal and off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham. The identification of the eighth participant is but to be ascertained. The eight gamers had been remoted on Tuesday.
While Shaw and Yadav are set to play the remaining two T20Is in Colombo, it’s clear that they won’t be ready to fly to England anytime quickly. “As it is, whether the players leave now or after a couple of days, they won’t be able to join the team (in England) in time for the first two Tests and now, in fact, even the third doesn’t look possible. There’s mandatory quarantine after flying to England and it’ll take time before they can join the team there,” say sources in the know.
Covid protocols in Sri Lanka mandate that ought to there be any want for hospitalisation, the affected particular person ought to be admitted to a authorities facility, that are normally run by the island nation’s military medical items.
TOI understands {that a} broadcast crew had reached the group lodge in Sri Lanka some days in the past to shoot for headshots of gamers forward of the T20Is. “The broadcast team had not been tested for the last five days in Sri Lanka and one liaison officer had tested positive (during the ODIs). It’s for the same reason that the media was not allowed at the stadium during the first T20I game,” these in the know stated.
The information comes simply 4 days after the Australia-West Indies ODI at Bridgetown, Barbados was postponed due to a member of the Windies contingent testing positive. This is the second time that the virus has affected India’s tour of Sri Lanka. Earlier, the limitedovers tour was delayed by 4 days due to a pair of Covid circumstances in the Sri Lankan camp. The Indian group in England too was hit by the virus as sRishabh Pant and throw-down specialist Dayanand Garani examined positive for Covid.

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