IND vs SL: Problems seem never-ending for the Sri Lankan team, as its batting coach has tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. And adding to the complexity is the fact that the Sri Lankan team will have to face the Indian team in the first ODI without having any practice sessions. This is because the Sri Lankan team returned from the England tour & is currently serving mandatory seven days of quarantine. The quarantine period of the Sri Lanka team will end on 12th July just one day prior to the first ODI which is on 13th July.
According to the reports, the Health Authorities in Sri Lanka have already isolated & quarantined the players who had returned from England. As per the local protocols, Sri Lanka players will have to complete the mandatory quarantine period before starting the practice sessions.
“We can’t help the situation. These are the kind of times we are living in; the team will have to follow all health protocols as directed by the authorities. Yes, it is correct the players who will be selected from the squad who were in England are unlikely to get net session before 1st game against India. The good part is none of them have tested positive in the 1st test”, declared Pramodya Wickramasinghe, Selector of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The entire Sri Lankan team was tested for COVID-19 after returning from the England tour on 6th July. All the players tested negative for COVID-19 but unfortunately, Sri Lanka’s batting coach tested positive for the deadly virus. Currently, the entire Sri Lankan squad is serving their mandatory quarantine period in a Hotel in Colombo.
As per the safety protocols, the team had to undergo 14 days of quarantine before starting practice in net sessions. But as the Sri Lanka team was already in a bio-bubble on England tour, the authorities decided to reduce their quarantine period to seven days. The players could participate in any kind of outdoor activity after completing their mandatory seven days quarantine period i.e. after 12th July.
On one hand, the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team has already started their practice sessions & is gearing up for the series, the Dasun Shanaka led Sri Lanka team in all probability will take the field without any net practice sessions. Thus there are chances that the well-trained Indian team has an edge over the unprepared Sri Lankan team.