The second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka was postponed by a day on Tuesday when visiting all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to miss the series for seven days.
According to Sri Lanka’s health safety standards, Krunal would be unable to return to India with the rest of the delegation on July 30 since he must now undergo obligatory isolation and receive a negative RT-PCR report. The third and final Twenty20 match is set to take place on Thursday.For the time being, the three-match series will continue because, even if there are a few more instances, the Indian team has enough players with negative RT-PCR findings to field a team. Krunal, who tested positive on Tuesday morning, has been quarantined, and the RT-PCR test results for the whole contingent are awaiting.
According to BCCI sources, all members of the Indian contingent are now under room isolation till they receive the negative RT-PCR results. “If everyone is clear, we can play the game on Wednesday. The majority of the eight intimate connections who are also need to be isolated are players “a BCCI source has been added.”We’re all in room isolation till the test results come in,” an Indian contingent member in Colombo stated. India is taking a 20-man team with four stand-by net bowlers. The game was scheduled to take place at the R. Premadasa Stadium. There will now be back-to-back matches on Wednesday and Thursday, if no additional players test positive, which would alter the balance of the sides and result in cancellation. The inaugural T20 international was won by India by a score of 38 runs.
While the series is being played behind closed doors, a bio-security breach at the Taj Samudra hotel in Colombo, where the Indian team is staying, might be one of the reasons. A carrier might be one of the logistical workers (bus driver) or catering staff on the ground. The move is also likely to have an impact on Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav’s travel arrangements, since they were scheduled to join the Indian team in England following this series for an upcoming Test against England next month. The pair were meant to join the red ball team in the UK following the conclusion of the T20 series, but it is unclear whether they are among the eight who were in regular touch with Krunal.