New Delhi: All the players in the Sri Lankan squad, including senior players Kusal Perera, Dushmanta Chamira and Dhananjay de Silva, have tested negative for COVID-19 in the latest RT-PCR test ahead of the limited overs series against India. These tests were conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
Good news ahead of Sri Lanka series
Now it is expected that these players will be allowed to enter the bio bubble on Monday as they have completed a week of strict isolation after coming from Britain. The series, starting on July 13, will now be played five days later from July 18, after batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan, besides other players who were part of another biologically safe environment, tested positive for COVID-19.
An SLC source told PTI, “Usually, we announce it as soon as a positive result comes out. Yesterday another round of RT-PCR tests were done and the result was to come today. The result is sent to us only when there is a positive case. We have not received any report of a positive result, which is usually received by noon, it can be assumed that all the players have been found negative.
training will start soon
As far as the revised training schedule is concerned, it is believed that the Sri Lankan team will practice at the R Premadasa Stadium here as the Indian team is training at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground. The source said, “If all goes well, the players who have returned from the UK will go through strict isolation (room isolation) and enter a biologically safe environment. Testing (every third or fifth day) is expected to continue as per rules.
Players can at least visit each other’s rooms after entering a biologically safe environment. Also players can use the gym. Out training and net practice is also expected to start in the next 48 hours. The official expressed confidence that there will be no more hurdles ahead of the one-day series starting July 18.