India vs Sri Lanka: Start of India’s limited-overs tour postponed to 17 July due to COVID-19 cases in hosts’ camp

India vs Sri Lanka: Begin of India’s limited-overs tour postponed to 17 July as a result of COVID-19 instances in hosts’ camp

The Indian cricket group’s six-match limited-overs collection in opposition to Sri Lanka was on Friday rescheduled owing to a COVID-19 outbreak within the residence group camp, with the primary ODI now beginning on July 17 as a substitute of July 13.

Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and information analyst G T Niroshan have examined constructive for the dreaded virus on return from the UK, which has compelled Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to increase the exhausting quarantine interval from the stipulated three days.

“Sure, the collection will now begin from seventeenth of July as a substitute of thirteenth. The choice was taken in session with SLC protecting the protection and safety of gamers in thoughts,” a senior BCCI official instructed 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 17, 19 and 21 July for the 50-over video games, whereas the three-match T20I rubber is prone to begin from 24 July.

Shikhar Dhawan will be captaining India in the absence of Virat Kohli. AP

File picture of Shikhar Dhawan. AP

“We’re discussing a couple of choices on the recent itinerary,” a supply in SLC instructed PTI.

As per the unique schedule, the collection was to start out with the ODI leg on 13 July, adopted by matches on 16 July and 18 July. The T20I video games had been scheduled for 21 July, 23 July and 25 July.

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The second-string Indian group, being led by Shikhar Dhawan with Rahul Dravid as chief coach, has accomplished its exhausting quarantine and has been coaching in Colombo.

The SLC supply knowledgeable that every one the Sri Lankan gamers who got here again from UK have examined unfavourable.

“As soon as the contingent returned from the UK, Grant examined constructive on arrival in RT PCR on the primary day.

All different gamers had been then of their respective room (exhausting) quarantine. We eliminated Grant instantly in separate isolation zone. He’s asymptomatic,” the supply added.

“Yesterday we examined the others as soon as once more and at this time G T Niroshan’s report got here constructive and he was additionally remoted. Since we did not obtain another constructive reviews as of now, it signifies that the gamers who returned from UK have examined unfavourable of their second RT PCR check.”

The collection is now being pushed again by 4 days regardless of the SLC protecting two teams of gamers in separate bio-bubbles.

“Aside from the UK-returned batch, we’ve got created two extra bio-bubbles in Colombo. In a single bubble there are 13 gamers and in one other there are 26. So, 39 gamers can be found to choose a squad from. However BCCI wish to play the primary group for apparent causes,” the SLC supply stated.

Because the Sri Lanka white-ball group would not have any commitments after this, the rescheduling wasn’t a giant drawback.

With all of the video games on the Premadasa Stadium, the dates will be saved versatile as no travelling is concerned.

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The Indian group is staying at its most well-liked location for the final three a long time — Taj Samudra.

Whereas 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.

Earlier than testing unfavourable, Sri Lanka’s squad had confronted an anxious look forward to the outcomes of their RT-PCR assessments 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 in the course of the England tour including to their woes.

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