After a brief pause, international cricket is set to get up and going from Sunday as the first match of the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka ODI series is scheduled to be played today. However, the Sri Lanka team received a big blow ahead of the first game which might force the boards to postpone the game.
Chaminda Vaas, Isuru Udana and Shiran Fernando test positive: Reports
According to reports, players Isuru Udana and Shiran Fernando and bowling coach Chaminda Vaas have tested positive for COVID-19. Regular testing was done ahead of the match and tests of the 3 members returned positive. The team is reportedly awaiting results of the second PCR test.
Two Sri Lankan players and one of the coach have tested positive for COVID19 in Dhaka.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 23, 2021
The bubble in Dhaka is compromised as Chaminda Vaas, Isuru Udana and Shiran Fernando test positive for COVID. The three match series that was supposed to start today is in doubt. Team awaiting results of second PCR test.
— Rex Clementine (@RexClementine) May 23, 2021
First ODI to get postponed?
The news has put the 3-match ODI series between the two Asian teams in serious jeopardy. Earlier, the cases of COVID-19 inside the bio-bubble had forced the BCCI to suspend IPL 2021 midway. An official statement from Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) is yet to be released.
Sri Lanka squad for Bangladesh ODIs
Kusal Perera (C), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Dushmantha Chameera, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando