Former Zimbabwean batsman and current batting coach of Sri Lankan team Grant Flower has tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 virus ahead of the India white ball series. He tested positive after returning from the English tour with the Sri Lankan players.
Sri Lanka had a crushing tour through England, where they would have lost five out of six white ball matches, and also the sixth one that rained did not go to save in Bristol. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 161 in the 3rd ODI against England when heavy rain led to the match being abandoned.
The visitors also received a negative spotlight during the tour after three players – Sri Lanka’s vice-captain Kusal Mendis, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and batsman Danushka Gunathilaka – were spotted breaking the bio-bubble late at night in a local market, where they were filmed by a Durham. local.
The three players were suspended and were not selected by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board for the upcoming India white ball series. SLC has also put together a panel of five members to inquire about the misconduct of the three named players.
Award Flower Tests COVID-19 Positive; All Sri Lankan conditions in quarantine
Only a few days after the Sri Lanka series, seven players – three players and remaining support staff – of the English team tested positive for COVID-19, which resulted in the entire England contingent being put in isolation and the English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB) had to conjure up a whole new group to tackle Pakistan in their white ball series, led by Ben Stokes.
As the batting coach, Grant Flower, tested positive after landing with the whole contingent in Sri Lanka, everyone was asked to quarantine themselves and instructed not to leave their rooms until further notice.
Grant Flower who falls prey to the virus comes days before the team starts the series against India starting with the first ODI in Colombo at 13.de July. However, it is confirmed that the development will not interfere with the tour.
Sri Lanka will face India, led by Shikhar Dhawan and led by Rahul Dravid, in a series of three ODIs and three T20is, with all the matches played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The first ODI starts on July 13 and the first T20I will be played on July 21.