The 2nd T20I match between India and Sri Lanka at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium has been suspended on Tuesday and now the match will be played on Wednesday following India's Krunal Pandya tested positive for Covid-19. Both the squads have been put into isolation following the report and all the members will be tested as per standard protocols before being allowed to play again.
"The second T20I between Sri Lanka and India originally scheduled to be played on July 27 has been pushed forward by a day and will now take place on Wednesday, July 28. Following the Rapid Antigen Tests conducted ahead of the match on Tuesday morning, Team India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was found to be positive," BCCI expressed in a press release.
"The Medical Teams have identified eight members as close contacts. The entire contingent is undergoing RT-PCR tests today to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad," it further added.
It must be noted that Sri Lanka's batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst G T Niroshan had tested positive for the virus upon their arrival from England for which the series was postponed by five days. It was initially supposed to begin on July 13 but had started on July 18 after all testing protocol was followed.
The Indian team have the likes of R Sai Kishore and Ishan Porel as stand-bys in the squad who can cover up for Krunal Pandya if the need arises. With Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw already being picked for the Test squad, how long they can extend their stay in Sri Lanka is a question for the team management with no clear indication about the departure in the BCCI Press release shared yesterday.
PS: The story is updated following BCCI's press release regarding the same.