The men’s Sri Lankan team Data Analyst GT Niroshan has tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ahead of the India versus Sri Lanka series after an RT-PCR test conducted among the National Players, Coaches, and Support Staff on Thursday. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) broke the news on Friday. The development takes place after batting coach Grant Flower also tested positive a day ago, just three days after their return from England tour.
“The Data Analyst of the Sri Lanka National Team, G. T. Niroshan, has tested positive for Covid 19. He was found to be positive, following a PCR Test carried out among the National Players, Coaches, and Support Staff yesterday, following the identification of Grant Flower as Covid Positive. Niroshan is now undergoing due medical protocols,” read SLC’s official statement.
The matter is concerning for the board as both Flower and Niroshan have been found to contract the Delta variant of the virus, which is extremely contagious and threatening. As per the Sri Lankan team medical staff, it is likely that the two members contracted the virus during their stay in England.
Owing to this, the Sri Lankan team, which supposed to come out of isolation and enter the team’s bio-bubble on Friday, will now be forced to spend at least two more days in isolation. Following this, they will undergo another round of RT-PCR tests, depending on which squad that will face team India will be finalized.
For the same, the board has a backup plan as it has two other groups of players in bio-bubbles – one in Colombo, and one in Dambulla if in case there is a player drop out depending on the test results. The groups have been preparing for the limited-overs series, which will commence on July 13.