Sri Lanka's batting coach Grant Flower has come under scrutiny after he tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival from England. The 50-year-old was one of the only two staff members who had contracted the virus and considering everyone else tested negative, it has raised a few eyebrows among the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The board is notably not happy with how things have panned out with Flower in the last few days and there is also a possibility of an official investigation taking place to look into this matter.
Did Flower breach COVID-19 protocols in England?
It has been reported that Sri Lanka's batting coach was involved in a bio-bubble breach in the United Kingdom. Flower had earlier also refused to get his COVID-19 vaccination done when all the other players and staff members got their doses. Notably, the former Zimbabwe cricketer was adamant on getting only Pfizer as he denied taking the Chinese and Russian brands which were being offered to him. The problems between the board and Flower have been going on since then and it looks like things have reached a saturation point.
"We have to find out how Flower got infected, and also which variant of the virus he has been infected with," a member of Sri Lanka's medical staff had earlier told ESPNcricinfo. An inquiry will take place to dig deep into the matter and the batting coach could face a disciplinary action if he is found guilty of any wrongdoing i.e. breach of COVID-19 protocols during Sri Lanka's tour of England.
Sri Lanka vs India series had to be rescheduled
Another reason why the board is unhappy with the recent sequence of events is because of the rescheduling they have been forced to do as a result. The white-ball series between Sri Lanka and England, which was originally scheduled to start on July 13, has now been postponed to July 18, which could have resulted in a few logistical costs for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as well. The board would certainly be very disappointed if Flower is found guilty of any careless behaviour which has resulted in so much chaos.