India and Sri Lanka are all set to take on each other in the upcoming limited-overs series in the island nation, starting from July 13. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side will play three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals against the hosts in Colombo.
However, in a major setback ahead of the series, the Sri Lankan team’s data analyst G T Niroshan has tested positive for novel coronavirus.
Confirming the news, the Sri Lankan cricket board said, “The Data Analyst of the Sri Lanka National Team, G. T. Niroshan, has tested positive for Covid-19.
“He was found to be positive, following a PCR Test carried out among the National Players, Coaches, and Support Staff yesterday, following the identification of Flower as Covid-19 Positive,” the SLC stated in its latest statement.
Niroshan is currently being treated as per the medical protocols.
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower also tested positive for COVID-19 just two days after the squad’s arrival from England.
Notably, the 50-year-old has been isolated from the rest of the squad.
The Sri Lanka squad was expected to come out of isolation and enter the team’s bio-bubble on Friday but the players will now be forced to spend at least two more days in hard quarantine.