India vs Sri Lanka 2021: ODI series start postponed till July 17?
India and Sri Lanka would lock horns in limited-overs contests, consisting of three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals. However, following a couple of COVID cases in the Lanka camp, the series start will likely be delayed by four days.
India and Sri Lanka are scheduled to take part in limited-overs contests. The three-match One-Day International and Twenty20 International series each was expected to get underway from July 13. However, it is now likely to be delayed by four days, with the series assumed to begin on July 17.
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 a couple of days more, reports ESPNCricinfo.
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, Sri Lanka Cricket already has a couple of other groups of players in Colombo and Dambulla, who could act as replacements in the current squad.
Proposed new schedule
1st ODI - July 17
2nd ODI - July 19
3rd ODI - July 21
1st T20I - July 24
2nd T20I - July 25
3rd T20I - July 27
(All matches to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo)
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