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BAN vs SL: 2 Sri Lanka players, coaching member test positive for Covid-19 ahead of 1st ODI in Dhaka

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Two players and a member of the support staff from the touring Sri Lankan camp have tested positive for Covid-19 in Dhaka. The two teams are scheduled to meet in the 1st ODI on Sunday.

Sri Lanka players trained at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on May 22 (AFP Photo)

Sri Lanka players trained at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on May 22 (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 members of the touring Sri Lanka team test Covid-19 positive
  • Sri Lanka awaiting the results of 2nd RT-PCR test
  • Sri Lanka are scheduled to play 3 ODIs in Dhaka from May 23 to 28

There is uncertainty over a 3-match ODI series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as 3 members of the touring Sri Lankan team have tested positive for Covid-19. The 1st ODI of the 3-match series is scheduled to get underway in Dhaka from 1 pm local time on Sunday, May 23.

Bowling coach and former left-arm fast bowler Chaminda Vaas, Isuru Udana and Shiran Fernando are the 3 members who have tested positive for Covid-19. Their samples collected on May 18 returned positive. The Sri Lankan team is awaiting the results of the 2nd RT-PCR test for which the samples were collected on Saturday. The three cricketers have not shown any symptoms.

The 1st ODI, however, is unlikely to be cancelled, Bangladesh Cricket Board officials have said, according to ESPNCricinfo. Notably, players from both the teams had trained in the lead up to the 1st ODI on Saturday at the Shere-Bangla-Stadium.

However, if the 2nd tests also returns positive result, then the ODI series is likely to be called off, according to Mohan de Silva, the secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, as quoted by Times Online.

The 3-match ODI series is part of the ODI Super League. All three matches are scheduled to be played at the Shere-Bangla Stadium from May 23 to 28.

More to follow…

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