Second India-Sri Lanka T20I Postponed after Krunal Pandya tests Covid positive

Written by N Krishnamurthy

India’s second T20 International against Sri Lanka has been postponed by a day after all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested positive for Covid-19 hours before scheduled start of play on Tuesday. The match will now be played at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo on July 28, just 24 hours before the series-finale on Thursday.

Both the Indian and Sri Lankan teams have been put in isolation. The players who were in close contact with Krunal Pandya will be monitored closely. The match has been postponed by a day as of now, but it looks difficult for the game to be played out on Wednesday.

India had won the ODI series 2-1 and were leading 1-0 in the T20I series. The start of the ODI series was also postponed after the batting coach and the video analyst of the Sri Lankan team had tested positive for Covid-19.

“The second T20I between Sri Lanka and India originally scheduled to be played on July 27 has been pushed forward by a day and will now take place on Wednesday, July 28.

“Following the Rapid Antigen Tests conducted ahead of the match on Tuesday morning, Team India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was found to be positive. The Medical Teams have identified eight members as close contacts.

“The entire contingent is undergoing RT-PCR tests today to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Earlier in the month, there was a Covid-19 scare in the Indian camp in England as well. Rishabh Pant had tested postive and had stayed back in London as the rest of the Indian team travelled to Durham to play as practice match.

Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav were supposed to travel to England from Sri Lanka. Now, it remains to be seen what happens to their travel plans since they were part of the Indian shorter formats team in Sri Lanka. Their departure will have to be postponed as well if they are also isolating with Krunal in Colombo.

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