In yet another discouraging news for the Indian fans, 8 players of the Indian team have been put under isolation. All these players were in close contact with Krunal Pandya. The left handed allrounder was tested COVID positive just few hours before the second T20 was about to begin. Hence to avoid further increase of COVID-19 cases within the team, all 8 team members are now quarantined.
Furthermore now all the players will go thorough repeated RT-PCR tests. After getting negative results twice, these players will be inducted back into the bio bubble. If more players amongst these are found positive, the series could be postponed or cancelled. Also this puts a question mark on the departure of Prithvi Shaw and Surya Kumar Yadav as replacement players to England.
If any one of the duo is find infected with Virus, this will effectively rule them out of flight to England by 15 days. Furthermore according to current rules and regulations of United Kingdom regarding COVID, any one coming from outside the nation will have to quarantine himself for 7 days. Hence this could rule the two players out of England tour totally. This means that the BCCI will have to send two different players to England as a replacement.
The series might get cancelled!Talking about the match which was to be held today, it is rescheduled for tomorrow. However that will only happen if there are no more positive COVID cases within the Indian team. Fortunately there are no positive cases in the Sri Lankan camp. So the completion of the series totally depends on the Indian players.
Meanwhile India leads 1-0 in the 3 match series and will look to seal the series in the next meeting of the two nations. The tourists won the first T20 by 38 runs as they comprehensively defeated Sri Lanka. All the Indian bowlers led by Bhuvaneshwar and Chahal were spot on as they defended an under par total of 164 runs with ease. While the leggie Chahal applied brakes on Sri Lanka during middle overs, Bhuvaneshwar polished off the tail in no time.
Earlier India had won the ODI series by a margin of 2-1.