In a setback for the Sri Lankan cricket team, two of its members have tested positive for COVID-19. Sri Lanka team Head Coach Mickey Arthur and batsman Lahiru Thirimanne returned positive results for the COVID-19 Test, conducted on Tuesday.
“Following PCR Tests carried out on the Provisional Squad, which was preparing to take part in the National Team’s upcoming tour of West Indies, Head Coach Mickey Arthur and Sri Lanka Player Lahiru Thirimanne have tested Positive for Covid-19,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in their official statement.
The Sri Lanka cricket team was preparing for their upcoming tour of West Indies, which was slated to get underway from February 20. A 36-member squad had started training for the same from January 28. Taking into account the health and safety measures given the COVID-19 pandemic, members have been practising in groups of three at different time slots.
Lahiru Thirimanne also confirmed through his Twitter handle that he tested positive for coronavirus, adding that he was asymptomatic.
The board has instructed Lahiru Thirimanne and Mickey Arthur to follow the COVID-19 protocols laid down by the government.
The latest development may lead to the rescheduling of the tour.
“Considering the current situation, SLC is exploring the possibility of rescheduling the Tour of West Indies, which was scheduled to commence on 20th Feb. 2021,” Sri Lanka Cricket added.