IND vs SL: Sri Lanka suffers another major blow as data analyst GT Niroshan has tested positive for COVID-19. He becomes the second member of the Sri Lanka contingent to test positive for COVID-19 following batting coach Grant Flower.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in a release said: “He was found to be positive, following a PCR Test carried out among the national players, coaches, and support staff yesterday, following the identification of Grant Flower as Covid Positive. GT Niroshan is now undergoing due medical protocols.”
SLC on Thursday confirmed that batting coach Flower had tested positive for Covid-19. “He was found to be positive during a PCR test carried out on him today when Flower showed mild symptoms of the disease,” SLC said in an official statement.
What is more worrying for the team’s doctors is the fact that both Niroshan & Flower had tested positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is more contagious. The Sri Lanka squad that was going to complete the quarantine & enter the bio-bubble on Friday will now be forced to spend more two days in isolation & will undergo another RT-PCR test. The results of the RT-PCR test will determine whether the main squad could play the limited-overs series with the India squad.
However, SLC has a contingency plan in place as they have two other groups of players in bio-bubbles. One group in Colombo & one in Dambulla, the Dambulla group could step up & play the series against the touring Indian team. India’s white-ball team will lock horns with the Sri Lankan team in the first ODI, slated to be played on July 13.
A member of Sri Lanka’s medical staff said that it was “too early to say” if the main squad would be deemed out of action for the upcoming series. According to Sri Lanka’s medical staff the two members who have tested positive were infected when they were in England.