Sri Lanka team’s data analyst tests COVID positive; second case in camp before India series

Initial reports after Grant's test came positive suggested that India series will go ahead as scheduled but it would be interesting to see if Sri Lanka Cricket is forced to reconsider their decision now.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 17 July 2021 4:37 pm

In a major development, it is now being learned that Sri Lanka cricket team's data analyst GT Niroshan has tested positive for COVID-19. This happens to be the second case in the Sri Lankan team after their batting coach Grant Flower was found positive for the infection on Thursday. The news comes as a massive setback for Sri Lanka Cricket which is gearing up to play six white-ball fixtures against a visiting Indian team starting July 13. Moreover, an estimated revenue of INR 89.7 crore is riding on the series which will be a huge sum to boost the cricket and sporting economy in the island country.

Initial reports after Grant's test came positive suggested that India series will go ahead as scheduled but it would be interesting to see if Sri Lanka Cricket is forced to reconsider their decision after the second case of coronavirus in their camp. Meanwhile, all the players, coaches and staff continue to remain in isolation.

Seven COVID-19 cases in England camp after Sri Lanka series

It is worth highlighting that the Sri Lankan players were involved in a series with England after which three England players and four support staff members tested COVID-19 positive. As a result, it was being anticipated that at least few cases were possible from Sri Lankan team who were in close contact with those players and staff members.

However, while England had changed the complete squad to continue their next assignment against Pakistan, it remains to be seen what step Sri Lanka takes to deal with the situation.

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