The Sri Lanka the team’s problems are getting worse and worse. Authorities reportedly transferred their players from the Taj Hotel to Cinnamon for fear of COVID-19. The Indian players, meanwhile, will continue to stay in Thai as their bio-bubble has not yet burst.
Upcoming limited series in between India and Sri Lanka was reprogrammed after host striker coach Grant Flower and support staff member tested positive for COVD-19. The first ODI was scheduled to take place on July 13, but will now likely take place on July 17 or 18.
But player selection remains a significant headache for decision makers. With tomorrow’s second PCR test of the Sri Lankan contingent, player availability will depend on test results.
The cricket board for Sri Lanka, however, is ready with a contingency plan if new positive cases are found within the Sri Lankan contingent in Colombo. If the need arises, the board will select players from a group of 24 cricketers who are currently at camp in Dambulla.
The striking coach of Sri Lanka refuses to take the vaccine after a positive test
Former Zimbabwean striker and Sri Lankan striker coach Grant Flower is currently battling COVID-19. The 50-year-old refused to take the Sputnik vaccine offered by the authorities. Flower insisted on taking the Pfizer vaccine. Medical experts are still trying to convince him to take any vaccine.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Secretary Mohan de Silva revealed to Daily Mirror that Flower is reluctant to take Sputnik and other vaccines because he fears he will not be able to travel to Zimbabwe if he is not given a recommended vaccine like Pfizer.
Sri Lanka enters the series on the basis of moral deflationary losses against England, which they could not match Eoin Morgan and his men from the T20I and ODI series.
As player availability becomes an issue, it remains to be seen if Sri Lanka can overcome its problems and challenge India in the upcoming limited series.