NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket staff’s six-match limited-overs series towards Sri Lanka was on Friday rescheduled owing to a COVID-19 outbreak within the residence staff camp, with the first ODI now beginning on July 17 as a substitute of July 13. Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and information analyst GT Niroshan have examined constructive for the dreaded virus on return from the United Kingdom, which has compelled Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to increase the laborious quarantine interval from the stipulated three days.
“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 informed PTI, confirming the event.
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 are discussing a few options on the fresh itinerary,” a supply in SLC informed PTI. As per the unique schedule, the series was to begin with the ODI leg on July 13, adopted by matches on July 16 and July 18. The T20I video games had been scheduled for July 21, July 23 and July 25.
The second-string Indian staff, 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 each one the Sri Lankan gamers who got here again from UK have examined damaging.
“Once the contingent returned from the UK, Grant tested positive on arrival in RT PCR on the first day. All other players were then in their respective room (hard) quarantine. We removed Grant immediately in separate isolation zone. He is asymptomatic,” the supply added.
“Yesterday we tested the others once again and today GT Niroshan’s report came positive and he was also isolated. Since we didn’t receive any other positive reports as of now, it means that the players who returned from UK have tested negative in their second RT PCR test.”
The series is now being pushed again by 4 days regardless of the SLC retaining two teams of gamers in separate bio-bubbles. “Apart from the UK-returned batch, we have created two more bio-bubbles in Colombo. In one bubble there are 13 players and in another there are 26. So, 39 players are available to pick a squad from. But BCCI would like to play the first team for obvious reasons,” the SLC supply stated.
Since the Sri Lanka white-ball staff would not have any commitments after this, the rescheduling wasn’t an enormous drawback. With all of the video games on the Premadasa Stadium, the dates may be saved versatile as no travelling is concerned. The Indian staff is staying at its most well-liked location for the final three a long time — Taj Samudra. While 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.
Before testing damaging, Sri Lanka’s squad had confronted an anxious look forward to the outcomes of their RT-PCR exams on returning residence, 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 through the England tour including to their woes.