What comes as a major blow for Sri Lanka Cricket is the news of its batting coach Grant Flower being tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed that its batting Coach Grant Flower has tested positive for deadly 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. After knowing that Grant Flower has tested positive for COVID-19, the board has immediately isolated Flower from the rest of the team members who are currently under quarantine after returning from the England tour. A new round of PCR tests was conducted among the remaining squad members on Thursday evening.
Earlier on Tuesday, the news of three England players testing positive for COVID-19 had raised concerns as Sri Lanka last played against England in three ODIs & T20Is & the touring squad has returned to Sri Lanka on Tuesday evening. However, sources within the Sri Lanka board have confirmed that England players testing positive for COVID-19 is not a reason to ask the Sri Lanka players to enter the bio-bubble. They would have entered the bubble right away as India is already in Sri Lanka.
“Our players will anyway go into a bubble since India is already in Sri Lanka”, the source told ANI. Sri Lanka failed to win even a single match on their England tour due to their poor performance. Sri Lanka suffered a 3-0 series sweep in T20Is & a 2-0 win in the ODI series against England.
Earlier today, Dasun Shanaka signed Sri Lanka’s tour contract for the limited-overs series against India & ended the standoff between players & SLC. Now Dasun Shanaka will replace Kusul Perera as the captain of the limited-overs series team. Dasun Shanaka led Sri Lankan team will lock horns with the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team in three ODIs & three T20Is starting from July 13.