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Sri Lanka Cricket awaits advisory committee approval to begin West Indies tour on February 22

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has locked 22nd February to kick off the West Indies tour and is awaiting of legendary Aravinda De Silva led newly appointed technical advisory committee approval to the new itinerary, Cricket Age reliably learns.

The tour, which included two Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, was thrown into jeopardy after Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur and player Lahiru Thirimanne tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. All the players had come for a training camp to prepare for the West Indies series which was going to begin on February 20 but on conducting the RT-PCR Test, it was found that Arthur and Thirimanne have tested positive for coronavirus. After the said two tour party members were tested positive in an initial PCR Test done on the 35-member of the Sri Lanka squad, all the squad members were sent for isolation abandoning the scheduled pre tour practices.

But following the negative results returned on the rest of the training squad, West Indies is once again back on track to go ahead.

“Hopefully we will get green signal from the advisory committee soon. There will not be any changes to the number of matches, though we are waiting for a confirmation from Cricket West Indies,” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.



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