The Indian cricket team’s six-match limited-overs series against Sri Lanka is likely to be rescheduled owing to a COVID-19 outbreak in the home team camp, with the first ODI now starting on 18 th of July instead of 13th of this month.
Sri Lanka’s batting Coach Grant Flower and Data Analyst G.T. Niroshan have tested positive for the virus on return from the United Kingdom, which has forced Sri Lanka Cricket to extend the hard quarantine period from the stipulated three days.
As per the reports, it has been learnt that new dates are still being chalked out in consultation with the BCCI. The tentative dates could be 18th, 20 th and 23rd of July for the 50-over games, while the three-match T20I rubber is likely to start from 25th of July.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Saturday announced the revised itinerary of India’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, 2021. The decision to revise the itinerary was taken on the basis of health advisory after the Sri Lankan contingent detected two COVID positive cases.
The tour comprising 3 ODIs and as many T20Is will now start from July 18th, 2021.
Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, said: “We understand that circumstances are extraordinary, but the BCCI would like to extend its full support to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) during these tough times for the smooth conduct of the upcoming series. Our medical team is in constant touch with the team of doctors at SLC and together following all safety protocols that will help the series to get underway. We are confident that both nations will put up a spirited show in the days to come and we are in for some exciting cricket.”
Mr Ashley de Silva, SLC CEO, said: “We are grateful to the BCCI for understanding the situation and agreeing to cooperate with us at this moment of time, as it has done on numerous occasions, during our long-standing relationship.”
|India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – ODI series|
|1||18th July||1st ODI||Colombo|
|2||20th July||2nd ODI||Colombo|
|3||23rd July||3rd ODI||Colombo|
|India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – T20I series|
|1||25th July||1st T20I||Colombo|
|2||27th July||2nd T20I||Colombo|
|3||29th July||3rd T20I||Colombo
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