The Sri Lanka tour of India is all set to be rescheduled following positive cases of COVID-19 among members of the Sri Lankan team set-up. A Cricbuzz report suggests that the three-match ODI series, which was scheduled to begin on July 13, is now likely to start on July 17 or 18.
The Sri Lankan players are expected to serve an extended period of quarantine upon their return from England. Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and a team analyst were recently tested positive for COVID-19. While the players have tested negative for now, they will be in isolation according to the bio protocols.
Tentative dates of Sri Lanka tour of India
Sri Lanka Cricket is set to announce the revised schedule of the matches to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the broadcasters on Saturday. Earlier, the three ODIs were to be played from July 13 to 18 followed by the three T20Is which were scheduled from July 21 to 25 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
An ESPN Cricinfo report understands that the tour has been shifted by four days. The ODIs will be taking place on July 17, 19 & 21 while the T20Is will be held on July 24, 25 & 27. The shift is unlikely to affect the IPL plans of the players given that the tour is postponed by only four days.
The BCCI had named a second-string team for the tour. Shikhar Dhawan was all set to lead the national team for the first time. But it seems like his national captaincy debut will have to wait as the pandemic has struck. Luckily, the Indian players have not contracted the virus as of yet and will be looking to get over with the tour soon.