Mickey Arthur, Lahiru Thirimanne test positive for Covid-19

Sri Lanka
Lahiru Thirimanne and the rest of the group were tested on February 2 © AFP via Getty Images

Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur and batsman Lahiru Thirimanne have both returned positive Covid-19 tests at the latest round of PCR testing conducted on the provisional squad, which has been preparing for the planned tour of the West Indies. The development might force Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to try and reschedule the team’s travel plans – the tour is slated to begin on February 20.

“They were detected following PCR Tests carried out yesterday (2nd February) for the entire 36-member squad, along with the Coaching Staff, Net Bowlers, and the HPC Staff,” SLC said in a statement on Wednesday. “Immediately upon identification, both Mickey Arthur and Lahiru Thirimanne have been directed to follow the Government’s health protocol laid out on Covid-19.”

The group started training on January 28 – in groups of three and at different time slots – for the tour. But the schedule might change now, with SLC saying, “Considering the current situation, SLC is exploring the possibility of rescheduling the Tour of West Indies, which was scheduled to commence on 20th Feb. 2021.

“In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket will continue with normal operations, adhering to the stipulated Health Protocols in all its centers.”

More to follow…

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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