India all-rounder Krunal Pandya has tested positive for COVID-19 following the Rapid Antigen tests conducted ahead of the match on Tuesday morning. Thus the second T20I between India & Sri Lanka will now be played on July 28, the BCCI confirmed on Tuesday.
“The second T20I between Sri Lanka & India originally scheduled to be played on July 27 has been pushed forward by a day & will now take place on Wednesday, July 28”, the BCCI said in its statement. Following the Rapid Antigen Tests conducted ahead of the second T20I on Tuesday morning, Krunal Pandya was found to be positive for COVID-19. The BCCI medical team has identified eight members of the India team as his close contacts.
“The entire contingent is undergoing RT-PCR tests today to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad”, it added. The third T20I match will be played as scheduled on Thursday 29th July. Earlier on Tuesday, ANI had reported that Krunal Pandya has tested positive for COVID-19 & which has forced the two squads to go under isolation till reports of other players come in.
“Krunal Pandya has tested positive & the T20I on Tuesday has been postponed & will happen on Wednesday if all the other players test negative. The players are currently isolating”, said the source. This puts a question mark on Prithvi Shaw & Suryakumar Yadav’s travel to England as replacements for the injured players in five-match test series against England. The BCCI on Monday informed that the All-India Senior Selection Committee has selected Prithvi Shaw & Suryakumar Yadav as replacements for injured players for the upcoming test series against England. Washington Sundar, Shubman Gill & Avesh Khan has been ruled out of the series due to injuries.
According to BCCI’s release, Sundar has taken an injection on his right-hand bowling finger during the three-day practice match against County Select XI. However, his recovery will take more time than expected & he will not be fit for bowling till the test series. As a result, Sundar has been ruled out of the remaining England tour. Fast bowler Avesh Khan suffered a blow to his left thumb on Day 1 of the warm-up match. He was immediately taken for scans & the result confirmed a fracture. A specialist was called upon for the further management of his injury & has been ruled out of India’s tour of England.