Former Zimbabwe batsman and current Sri Lanka team batting coach Grant Flower tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 virus, ahead of India’s white ball streak. He tested positive after returning from the England tour with the Sri Lankan players.
Sri Lanka had an overwhelming tour of England, where they won 5 out of 6 white ball games and also would have lost the sixth if it had not rained to save them in Bristol. Sri Lanka was eliminated for 161 in the 3rd ODI against England when heavy rains led to the match being abandoned.
Visitors were also subjected to negative spotlight during the tour after three players – Sri Lanka vice-captain Kusal Mendis, wicket keeper Niroshan Dickwella and drummer Danushka Gunathilaka – were seen breaking the bio -bubble at a local late night market, where they were filmed by a Durham. location.
All three players have been suspended and have not been selected for the next round of white balls in India by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC). SLC also formed a five-member panel to investigate the misconduct allegations against the said three players.
Grant Flower tests positive for COVID-19; The entire Sri Lankan contingent in quarantine
Just days after the Sri Lanka series, seven players – three players and the remaining support staff – from the England squad tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the isolation of the entire contingent English and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had to conjure an entirely new team to face Pakistan in their white ball series, led by Ben Stokes.
While batting coach Grant Flower tested positive after landing in Sri Lanka with the entire contingent, they were all urged to self-quarantine and not to leave their rooms until further notice.
Grant Flower fell prey to the virus days before the team launched into the series against India which begins with the first ODI in Colombo on the 13th.e July. However, it is confirmed that the development will not interfere with the tour.
Sri Lanka face India, led by Shikhar Dhawan and coached by Rahul Dravid, in a series of three ODIs and three T20Is, with all matches to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The first ODI will start on July 13 and the first T20I will be played on July 21.