In a big blow ahead of the West Indies tour, Sri Lanka head coach Micky Arthur and top order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne have tested COVID positive.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to play two tests and 3 ODIs and T20Is against the West Indies in the second half of this month.
“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.
They were detected following PCR Tests carried out yesterday (02nd February) for the entire 36-member squad, along with the Coaching Staff, Net Bowlers, and the HPC Staff.
Immediately upon identification, both Mickey Arthur and Lahiru Thirimanne have been directed to follow the Government’s health protocol laid out on Covid – 19.
The 36-member group commenced practices on the 28th January, in 03 groups and at different time periods, as a precautionary health measure.
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.
In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket will continue with normal operations, adhering to the stipulated Health Protocols in all its centers” SLC said in a statement.