New Delhi. There has been good news from the Sri Lankan camp, as their first team has been allowed to resume their practice session at the R Premadasa Stadium (Khetarama) from Monday. This permission was given by Prof. The SLC comes from the Medical Advisory Committee headed by Arjun de Silva. Before the ODI and T20 series against India (India vs Sri Lanka), the entire Sri Lankan team including senior players Kusal Perera, Dusmantha Chamira and Dhananjay de Silva were negative in their latest RT-PCR test.
According to Sri Lanka's Daily FT, Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva has said that he has started training in the gym at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, but from today (12 July) he will start training in Khetarama. However, the Sri Lankan team will not be coached by the coaches and support staff, who are still in isolation. The board is taking extra precautions as they were in touch with batting coach Grant Flower, who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from England.
Sri Lankan cricket secretary said, "They will not train with coaches and support staff, because they are all batting under coach Grant Flower". were in contact, who were found to be Kovid-19 positive after returning from England. Coaches and support staff will join on July 14 to engage in practice with the players. Till then the players will have to practice on their own. The coaching staff will tell them what to do.
Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Prof. De Silva further said that they are currently testing more often, whereas according to the protocol they test players almost every three to five days. The team that starts the practice is the team selected for the series against India and consists of most of the players who recently toured England. Silva reiterated how his batting coach was caught by the Flower virus, which later passed on to his data analyst as well.
Pro. De Silva said, "Flower has been in contact with some people in the England team and that's how he came under the grip of this dangerous virus. And after that he went to Niroshan. This is the reason why the team and the coaching staff had to go into isolation and the dates for the start of the Indian series also had to be pushed back. We had to postpone the entire tour for a few days due to a flower infestation. And the tour was almost cancelled. This is a big responsibility.”
The SL Secretary reiterated how they are making extra efforts to check the violation of the bio bubble. "It is definitely very difficult for them to sneak out here because they are being guarded by the army commandos," he said. What happened in England will not happen here. But I think everyone has learned their lesson and we our players will behave properly.” Sri Lanka after three Sri Lankan cricketers Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka broke the bio-bubble protocol during their tour of England. Cricket took such tough steps.