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Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of India series | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka‘s batting coach Grant Flower examined positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, 48 hours after the squad’s arrival from England and fewer than every week earlier than the house series in opposition to India.
Sri Lanka are set to tackle India in a six-match white-ball series beginning July 13. Flower has been remoted from the remainder of the squad which is present process exhausting quarantine on arrival.

“Batting coach of the Sri Lanka national team Grant Flower has tested positive for Covid-19,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stated in an announcement.

“He was discovered to be positive throughout a PCR check carried out on him at this time when Flower confirmed gentle signs of the illness.
“Immediately upon identification, Flower was remoted from the remainder of the staff members (gamers and coaches) who’re present process quarantine following their return from England,” it further stated.

The SLC said Flower is “now present process due medical protocols.”
All the opposite gamers who’re quarantining have additionally been examined.
Flower is a former Zimbabwe batting nice and was with the staff in England the place it misplaced each the T20 International and ODI series.

It has not been clarified as to how Flower got infected as he was in the team bubble and also returned by the same charter carrying the Lankan contingent.
Already, three Sri Lankan players are facing an inquiry for breaching the COVID-19 protocols in the UK during the tour. They are Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Dhanushka Gunathilake.
The trio was seen roaming around in Durham outside the team bubble and all three were promptly sent back home even before the completion of the tour.
The SLC has already announced a five-member inquiry panel comprising Justice Nimal Dissanayaka (Retd Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka), Panduka Keerthinanda (Attorney-at-Law), Asela Rekawa (Attorney-at-Law), Uchitha Wickremasinghe (Attorney-at-Law), Major General (Retd) M.R.W. De Zoysa.
The three players were suspended from all forms of cricket, pending the completion of the inquiry.
The SLC didn’t allow the Sri Lankan players to go home on return from England and it has been a case of bubble to bubble transfer for the squad.
The players are quarantining at a five star facility here before the high profile series against India.
The series in question will help the cash-strapped board earn handsome revenue from the broadcast deal.
The SLC has managed to convince 29 of its top 30 players to sign a retainership contract which was at the centre of a bitter pay dispute.
The only player who refused to sign on the dotted lines is Angelo Mathews, indicating that he might even retire.

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