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RCB player tests positive for COVID-19; ruled out of upcoming T20I series between India and Sri Lanka

The 3-match series is set to kick off in Lucknow on February 24, Thursday.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 23 Feb 2022 04:40 PM

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While cricket has resumed across the globe, it must be noted that the COVID-19 pandemic is still looming around. Although the show on field goes on, there are players who test positive for the virus and are unfortunately forced to miss out on playing cricket. There have been a few instances of the same during ongoing season of PSL 2022 and international cricket has been no different.

Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad had contracted the virus before the start of India-West Indies series few days back. And now, before the start of T20I series between India and Sri Lanka, an RCB player has tested positive for COVID-19 which has ruled him out of the 3-match series.

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The player is none other than Sri Lanka's spin-bowling all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga, who had contracted the virus during his side's tour of Australia. The 24-year-old, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.75 crore in the IPL 2022 mega auction, missed the last few matches of Australia series due to coronavirus and he has unfortunately not yet recovered from the same.

An official statement from SLC on Wednesday read, "Wanindu Hasaranga, who was in isolation after contracting Covid-19, has once again, returned a positive result when a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) was conducted on the player yesterday (22nd February). A PCR test too confirmed the result."

"He was first found to be positive during a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on the 15th February 2022. The player was transferred to Melbourne from Canberra and will remain in isolation until he returns a negative PCR Test Report," it added.

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Hasaranga's absence is indeed a huge blow for Sri Lanka who are already without the services of Avishka Fernando (knee injury), Ramesh Mendis (thumb injury), Nuwan Thushara (side strain) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (failed to meet fitness standards).

Meanwhile, there are a few concerns in the other camp as well with India's duo of Deepak Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav also ruled out of the T20I series. Notably, both sides are unlikely to name any replacements considering the COVID-19 protocols.

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RCB player tests positive for COVID-19; ruled out of upcoming T20I series between India and Sri Lanka

The 3-match series is set to kick off in Lucknow on February 24, Thursday.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 23 Feb 2022 04:40 PM

2 (47)

Picture Credit: Twitter

While cricket has resumed across the globe, it must be noted that the COVID-19 pandemic is still looming around. Although the show on field goes on, there are players who test positive for the virus and are unfortunately forced to miss out on playing cricket. There have been a few instances of the same during ongoing season of PSL 2022 and international cricket has been no different.

Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad had contracted the virus before the start of India-West Indies series few days back. And now, before the start of T20I series between India and Sri Lanka, an RCB player has tested positive for COVID-19 which has ruled him out of the 3-match series.

ALSO READ | Thank you for this wonderful gesture: Virat Kohli replies to Yuvraj Singh’s heartfelt note for him

The player is none other than Sri Lanka's spin-bowling all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga, who had contracted the virus during his side's tour of Australia. The 24-year-old, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.75 crore in the IPL 2022 mega auction, missed the last few matches of Australia series due to coronavirus and he has unfortunately not yet recovered from the same.

An official statement from SLC on Wednesday read, "Wanindu Hasaranga, who was in isolation after contracting Covid-19, has once again, returned a positive result when a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) was conducted on the player yesterday (22nd February). A PCR test too confirmed the result."

"He was first found to be positive during a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on the 15th February 2022. The player was transferred to Melbourne from Canberra and will remain in isolation until he returns a negative PCR Test Report," it added.

Quite a few big names to miss IND-SL series

Hasaranga's absence is indeed a huge blow for Sri Lanka who are already without the services of Avishka Fernando (knee injury), Ramesh Mendis (thumb injury), Nuwan Thushara (side strain) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (failed to meet fitness standards).

Meanwhile, there are a few concerns in the other camp as well with India's duo of Deepak Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav also ruled out of the T20I series. Notably, both sides are unlikely to name any replacements considering the COVID-19 protocols.

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