New Delhi: Just hours before the start of the first ODI clash Bangladesh, two Sri Lanka players and coach tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
According to ESPNcricinfo’s latest reports, the Sri Lankan contingent are still waiting for the results of their second RT-PCR test. Despite all of this, the first ODI — scheduled for later today — will go ahead, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials.
The three-match ODI series is part of the World Cup Super League (WCSL).
On May 16, Sri Lanka men’s team arrived in Dhaka and then the entire side completed a three-day COVID-19 quarantine ahead of the ODI series against Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka team reached Bangladesh this morning ahead of the 3-match ODI series. 🛬#BANvSL
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— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) May 16, 2021
Amid the conclusion of the ODI series on May 28, the entire Lankan contingent will depart on the following day. This is also set to be Bangladesh’s third ODI series within the ICC’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
The ‘Bengal Tigers’ are currently sitting in sixth place after beating West Indies 3-0 at home back in January.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh recently took on each other in a two-match Test series, which was won by the former. The visitors had defeated Bangladesh by 209 runs in the second Test, after the first one ended in a draw.
Sri Lanka ODI squad: Kusal Perera (C), Kusal Mendis (VC), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Dushmantha Chameera, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando.
Bangladesh ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Shoriful Islam