Fast bowler Lahiru Kumara has been tested Covid Positive ahead of West Indies tour, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Monday said in a statement.
“Following PCR Tests carried out on the squad nominated to take part in the ‘White Ball’ segment of the Tour of West Indies,Lahiru Kumara has tested Positive for Covid-19. He was detected during a PCR Tests carried out yesterday. (21st February) Immediately upon identification, Lahiru Kumara has been directed to follow the Government’s health protocol laid out on Covid – 19. Sri Lanka Cricket will continue with normal operations, adhering to the stipulated Health Protocols” statement reads.
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, the tour is once again back on track to go ahead. Now, the team is scheduled to depart on February 23.