Two Sri Lankan players, Binura Fernando and Chamika Karunaratne have tested positive of COVID-19. the two players were included in the 22-player training squad preparing for Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies to happen between February and March.
“The two players were found to be positive, following a PCR test carried out on January 20. Immediately upon identification, they have been directed to follow the government’s health protocol laid out on COVID-19,” Sri Lanka Cricket was quoted as saying in a statement.
“The squad which commenced training on the January 18 at the SSC Grounds, underwent a PCR test on the 20th, whilst the rest of the players will once again undergo a PCR Test on the 26th January 2021, as part of a routine testing process.”
Following their positive coronavirus test result, both the players have been ruled out from the training squad and instructed to self-isolate. Apart from them, all the other players who were found to be in close contact with Fernando and Karunaratne were told to undergo isolation.
Sri Lanka is set to travel to West Indies for a two-match Test series. The two teams will also compete in three One-Day Internationals, and as many Twenty20 Internationals. Sri Lanka will fly to the Caribbean at the end of February.