Sri Lanka Great XI Charity match postponed after Upul Tharanga tested Covid positive

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The proposed T20 match between Sri Lanka Greats XI and Team Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to take place on 04th May 2021 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, has been postponed after former opener Upul Tharanga tested Covid positive, Cricket Age reliably learns.

Sri Lanka Greats XI was to be comprised former legendary Sri Lankan cricketers, including the members of the 1996 Cricket World Cup triumph, while the ‘Team Sri Lanka’ had players representing the National, Emerging, and Development Squads of Sri Lanka Cricket. Sanath Jayasuriya, Arvinda de Silva, Farveez Maharoof, Upul Chandana, Upul Tharanga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dhammika Prasad, and Chamara Silva are some of the major names who were supposed to played in the Sri Lanka Greats XI team. Whereas the likes of Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, and youngsters Avishka Fernando Aashitha Fernando, Pathum Nissanka were named in Team Sri Lanka.

The T20 game was scheduled to be commence at 07.00 pm at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, and was likely to be shown live, both in Sri Lanka and overseas as per a statement released by the SLC.

Sri Lanka’s health authorities Sunday issued new tough guidelines, including banning wedding receptions and gatherings at religious sites, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the Island nation continued to record a spike in daily infections. For the fifth day on Friday (April 30), the daily number of cases reported crossed the 1,000-mark.

The country recorded several cases of the UK variant which has a bigger mortality rate, health officials said. Sri Lanka reported 1,716 new cases on Friday (April 30), the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. The country has reported 109,000 cases so far with 687 deaths.

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