Ahead of their ODI series against Bangladesh this month and England tour in June, two Sri Lankan cricketers have tested positive for COVID-19. Fast bowling allrounders Dhananjaya Lakshan and Ishan Jayaratne’s reports emerged COVID-19 positive on Saturday and have to serve a 14-day quarantine. Sri Lanka‘s three-match ODI rubber in Bangladesh gets underway on the 23rd of May.
According to a report of Daily FT, Sri Lankan cricketers received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday at the National Blood Bank following an antigen test. However, Dhananjaya Lakshan and Ishan Jayaratne are not part of the 18-man squad that will depart for Bangladesh on the 16th; however, have been likely included in the 28-man provincial team for England tour. After the ODI series in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will travel to England for three ODIs and as many T20Is.
Before the white-ball games, the tourists will also engage in a T20 practice match against Kent on the 18th of June and a One-day warm-up fixture against Surrey on the 20th. The T20I rubber kickstarts on the 23rd, with Cardiff set to host the first two matches, followed by the third in Southampton. Chester-le-Street, London and Bristol will stage the three ODIs.
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Meanwhile, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has also announced a white-ball tour of India to Sri Lanka in July, consisting of three ODIs and five T20Is. However, when asked about the rescheduling of IPL 2021, the former Indian captain underlined that there exists plenty of organizational hazards like the quarantine and is uncertain about its timeline and venue. Along with England, the Island country has offered to host the remaining 31 matches of the competition.