Sri Lanka squad to return with negative Covid tests ahead of India series

In their most recent RT-PCR testing, the whole Sri Lankan first team, including experienced players like Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, and Dhananjaya de Silva, came back negative ahead of the limited-overs series against India.

Sri Lanka Cricket was in charge of the tests. The players are now likely to be permitted into the bio-bubble by Monday (July 12), after completing a week of strict quarantine following their arrival from the United Kingdom.

After batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst G T Niroshan, as well as another player in a separate bio-bubble, tested positive for COVID-19, the series was moved back five days from its initial start date of July 13. In terms of its amended training schedule, it is understood that the Sri Lankan team would train at the Khettarama (R Premadasa Stadium) while the Indians exercise at the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC).

Once the players have entered the bio-bubble, they can socialize in their apartments and begin using the gymnasium in a staggered fashion. In the next 48 hours, the outdoor training and skills session (net practise) is also expected to begin. When asked about the health of batting coach Flower and analyst Niroshan, both of whom tested positive after returning from the UK, the source stated that their health and medical parameters have not deteriorated.

The official is confident that there won’t be any more hiccups before the opening ODI on July 18.