Corona has made a break for the limited-over series between India and Sri Lanka since July 13. The schedule of the series has been changed after Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan tested positive for COVID-19. The first one-day match on July 13 will now be held on July 17. India will have to play three ODIs and three T20s in this tour. In the absence of senior players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan has been given captaincy in the tour.
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Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan have tested positive for COVID-19 since their return from the UK, forcing the Sri Lankan cricket board to extend the three-day rigorous current. Confirming the resumption of the series, a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, “Yes, the series will start on July 17 instead of July 13th.” This decision has been taken only in consultation with Sri Lanka Cricket with regard to the safety of the players.
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It has been revealed that the new dates are being discussed after speaking with Sri Lankan cricket sources and in consultation with the BCCI. The tentative dates for the 50-over match are July 17, 19 and 21, while the three-match T20I series is likely to start July 24. “We are discussing some options on the new date of the event,” a Sri Lanka board source said. According to a pre-determined schedule, the series will start from the one-off stage on July 13, with the next two matches scheduled for July 16 and 18. T20 International matches were scheduled for July 21, 23 and 25. The second-class Indian squad, led by Shikhar Dhawan, has completed its rigorous quarantine and the team is training in Colombo. Sources from the Sri Lankan board said that all Sri Lankan players who returned from Britain have come back negative.