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

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

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

Data analyst for Sri Lankan team GT Niroshan has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the limited overs series against India, the country’s cricket board announced on Friday, a day after his coach at bat 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.

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

“Niroshan is currently undergoing required medical protocols. Sri Lanka’s batting coach Flower tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, 48 hours after the England team arrived and less than a week before the home series against England. India.

All other quarantined players have also been tested.

Outbreak in the England team

Before testing negative, the Sri Lanka squad had to anxiously await their PCR test results when they returned home, following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the England squad after the last match of his tour in Bristol on Sunday.

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

Flower is a former batsman from Zimbabwe and was part of the England squad where they lost the T20 International and ODI series.

Already, three Sri Lankan players are being investigated for breaching COVID-19 protocols in the UK while on tour.

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

Sean N. Ayres