The fielding coach of the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team Shane McDermott has been found Covid-19 positive ahead of the first Test match against West Indies in Galle which will begin on November 21.
He has been sent for self-isolation in a hotel after contracting the virus. Notably, all the players and staff were tested but the only positive result was McDermott. Also, Head Coach Mickey Arthur, batting coach Grant Flower and physio Brett Harrop were found in close contact with McDermott and they have been sent for self-isolation.
Arjuna De Silva Confirms No Player Was In Close Contact With Fielding Coach Shane McDermott
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka players were training with the coaching staff in Galle but the head of Sri Lanka Cricket’s Medical Committee Prof. Arjuna De Silva has confirmed that no players have been found in close contact with the fielding coach.
“There has been no direct contacts when it comes to the players. Anti-body tests will be done on the close contacts tomorrow, while another round of testing will be conducted prior to the start of the first Test.
“All of Sri Lanka’s players and coaching staff are double vaccinated, and as such, there is little chance of the start of the first Test being impacted,” he added.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time the Sri Lanka coaching staff have been found Covid-19 positive as ahead of the West Indies tour at the start of the year Arthur and three players were tested positive. Also ahead of the home series against India’s second-string team the video analyst and Flower were tested positive in July.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka government estimates have seen over 90% of people over 20 years of age double vaccinated. Also, the six-week-long lockdown was implemented in Sri Lanka after the third wave of Covid-19. During that time 5000+ cases were found in the country however later the cases were dropped to as low as 500 by October and the lockdown was lifted.
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