All players who joined the Sri Lankan team, including senior players Kushal Perera, Dushmantha Chamira and Dhananjay de Silva, were found to be Kovid-19 negative in the new RT-PCR test before the limited overs series against India. These tests were conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). These players have completed a week’s rigorous quarantine upon arrival in the UK and are expected to enter the bio-bubble on Monday.
The series, which began on July 13, will be played five days after July 18 by batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan, with other players who were part of a biologically safe environment, tested positive for COVID-19. A source at the SLC told PTI, “Generally, we will announce it as soon as we get a positive result. Another round of RT-PCR tests was done yesterday and the results will be sent today. We will send the results only when there is a positive case.”
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“We have not received any report of a positive result. It is usually received by noon. All players can be found to be negative,” he said. Given the revised training schedule, it is believed that the Sri Lankan team will practice at the R Premadasa Stadium as the Indian team is training at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground.
The source said, “If all goes well, players returning from the UK will be released from a strict quarantine and enter a biologically safe environment. Expected to proceed according to the rules of the tests (every third or fifth day). Players can at least visit each other’s rooms after entering a biologically safe environment. Also players can use the gym. 48T Training and net practice are expected to begin in the next 48 hours.
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Asked about his health, Flower and Niroshan, who tested positive on their return from the UK, said there was no deterioration in their health and medical parameters. The source said, “Grant and Niroshan have been separated by standards. Both are showing no symptoms and both are fine. As far as we know, there is no deterioration in their health. The official expressed confidence that there will be no obstacles ahead for the one-day series starting July 18.