Sri Lanka cricket team data analyst tests positive for COVID-19

The team’s batting coach Grant Flower had previously contracted the virus.

Sri Lankan team data analyst GT Niroshan tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the limited overseas run against India, the country’s cricket council said on Friday, a day after his batting coach Grant Flower contracted the virus.

Niroshan is currently being treated according to medical protocols.

“Sri Lanka national team data analyst GT Niroshan has tested positive for Covid 19,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

“It turned out positive, following a PCR test carried out yesterday among national players, coaches and support staff, following the identification of Grant Flower as positive for Covid.

“Niroshan is now undergoing due medical protocols.” Sri Lanka hitting coach Flower tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, 48 hours after the England squad arrived and less than a week before the home series against India.

All other quarantined players have also been tested.

Outbreak in the England team

Before testing negative, the Sri Lanka team had eagerly awaited the results of their PCR tests when they returned home, following a COVID-19 outbreak in the England team after the last match of his tour in Bristol on Sunday.

Sri Lanka are set to face India in a six-game white ball streak starting July 13. Flower had been isolated from the rest of the team who are under strict quarantine upon arrival.

Flower is a former drummer from Zimbabwe and was with the team in England where he lost the T20 International and ODI series.

Already, three Sri Lankan players are under investigation for violating COVID-19 protocols in the UK during the tour.

The entire ODI team and England support staff have been forced into self-isolation after a number of positive COVID cases, forcing the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to appoint a brand new team of 18 men before the first ODI against Pakistan on Thursday.

Sean N. Ayres