Sri-Lanka’s National Coach Mickey Arthur & a player had tested positive for COVID-19, Sri Lanka Board said on Wednesday, raising doubt over the upcoming West Indies tour.
Top-Order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne who is 31 years old & the 52 year old Arthur are infected with COVID-19 after Sri-Lanka’s 36 member team was tested ahead of their planned departure in two weeks for West Indies tour. “Considering the current situation, Sri Lanka Cricket is exploring the possibility of rescheduling the tour of West Indies, which was scheduled to commence on Feb 20,” the governing body said in a statement.
It is the first time since the Pandemic situation that the players of the national cricket team have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 65,700 people in the Indian Ocean Island have been infected with Coronavirus with death rates reaching to 330. Sri-Lanka hosted a two match test series against England at Galle last month without any audience in the stadium as a part of strict health safety protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Sri-Lanka were scheduled to play two tests, three ODIs & three T20Is as part of the West Indies tour.