India vs Sri Lanka 2021: ODI series set to get underway from July 18
India has travelled to Sri Lanka for limited-overs commitments, consisting of three One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals each. Following COVID cases in the Lankan team, the ODI series start has been pushed back to July 18.
India and Sri Lanka would clash in three One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals each, starting July 18. The series was initially scheduled to get underway on July 13. However, twin COVID cases in the Lankan forced the Sri Lanka Cricket to delay the start by five days.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed the development to ANI. Meanwhile, ESPNCricinfo reports that the ODIs would be played on July 18, 21 and 23, while the T20Is would follow on July 25, 27 and 29. All the matches would be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The delay comes following the recent COVID cases in the Lanka camp. Along with batting coach Grant Flower, the host's data analyst GT Niroshan tested COVID positive. While both men were moved to a separate facility, the Lanka team is compelled to isolate for three more days since Niroshan had tested positive for the Delta variant.
The Lankan team was scheduled to enrol into the bubble on Friday. However, it would undergo new RT-PCR tests, following which the players with negative tests would be allowed to take the field. Meanwhile, SLC already has a couple of other groups of players in Colombo and Dambulla, who could act as replacements in the current squad.
Incidentally, Lanka returned from its limited-overs tour of England last week. Also, SLC had the headache of binding its players by the annual contract. While most of the players refused the sign the contract, they signed a tour-exclusive contract for England, and the same is the case for the India series. The contract conflict also saw SLC handing captaincy duties to Dasun Shanaka instead of Kusal Perera.
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