The India vs Sri Lanka limited overs series is all set to start at a new date later this month. Both the Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and their team analyst GT Niroshan were found COVID positive. Hence the home team had to take the decision to postpone the series for a later date. Furthermore the coach and analyst had become COVID positive with the delta variant. It is much more dangerous variant of the virus. Consequently both of them were immediately shifted to isolation room.
Earlier the main Sri Lankan squad was to come out of isolation on Friday. However after a couple of positive cases, the entire team will have to go for RT-PCR tests once more. In the meanwhile they will have to spend two more days in isolation.
Accordingly the Sri Lankan cricket board proposed new dates for the series. Hence the series now begins from 18 July and will finish on 29 July. The original dates for the series was the start of first ODI on 13 July with the last game of a T20 on 25 July.
Sri Lanka facing issues on and off the field!
Another problem for the Sri Lankan team is that one of the player from a reserved squad of players in Quarantine has also been found positive. The reserved squad was to face India in case of main team getting infected with COVID. However with a positive case even in the reserved squad, it could be problematic for the home team as well as for the series.
The BCCI secratary Jay Shah briefed about the developments in a media release. It said :
“We understand that circumstances are extraordinary. The BCCI would like to extend its full support to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) during these tough times for the smooth conduct of the upcoming series. Our medical team is in constant touch with the team of doctors at SLC and together following all safety protocols. It will help the series to get underway. We are confident that both nations will put up a spirited show in the days to come and we are in for some exciting cricket.”
The new dates as per the schedule is 18 July, 20 July and 23 July in which the 3 ODIs will be held. It will be followed by T20 series of 3 games on 25, 27 and 29 July.