November 24, 2021

Sri Lanka India tour: Covid-19 outbreak welcomes hosts as player tests positive in SL alternative squad

According to the Newswire.Ik report, drummer Sandun Weerakkodi has tested positive for Covid-19. Weerakkodi was with the 15 senior cricketers training in Colombo during their stay at Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

Sri Lanka squad had a dismal outing against England (Courtesy: AP)

STRONG POINTS

  • Sri Lankan player in one of two bio-bubbles tested positive for Covid-19
  • India’s limited run vs. Sri Lanka has been rescheduled
  • Sri Lanka and India to play 3 ODI and 3 T20I

The coronavirus outbreak continues to rock hosts ahead of their limited series against India, as a Sri Lankan player in one of the two bio-bubbles has tested positive for Covid-19.

” Newswire.lk ” quoted Sri Lankan sources as saying that drummer Sandun Weerakkodi has tested positive for Covid.

The squad of players are training separately even as the virus outbreak forced a postponement of the series for four days after home team batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan contracted the virus. Weerakoddy was not on the UK return squad. This team is still isolated after the positive cases of Flower and Niroshan.

According to the report on the website, Weerakkodi was with the 15 senior cricketers who trained here during their stay at Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

The report further stated that Weerakkodi, along with Bhanuka Rajapaksa and several other cricketers, had been sent to Dambulla on Friday night to play practice matches ahead of the Indian series.

The team staying at Cinnamon Grand also includes Asela Guneratne, Angelo Perera and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and all of them will now have to undergo quarantine.

There is another group of 26 cricketers settling in a separate bubble in Dambulla, and SLC said they are all doing fine.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Saturday that the next limited series between Sri Lanka and India will start from July 1.

“The India-Sri Lanka ODI series will start on July 18 due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the home team’s camp,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah told PTI. The three ODI matches will now take place on July 18, 20 and 23 at the Premadasa Stadium. followed by the International T20, from July 25.

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