Pathum Nissanka
Pathum Nissanka. (Photograph by RANDY BROOKS/AFP by way of Getty Photos)

Sri Lanka face one other setback as their opening batter Pathum Nissanka has been examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus halfway by way of the continuing second Check match in opposition to Australia. Even for the reason that sequence started, 5 Sri Lanka staff members contracted the virus, with Nissanka changing into the sixth. Notably, Sri Lanka misplaced the primary Check and have been doing good within the second sport earlier than they confronted the setback.

But once more, Oshada Fernando has been roped into the aspect because the substitute. On July 1, Angelo Mathews was dominated out of the primary Check halfway after returning a covid optimistic take a look at. Even then, Fernando was named his substitute. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) broke the information on their official Twitter because it learn:

“Pathum Nissanka has examined optimistic for Covid-19. He was discovered to be optimistic throughout an Antigen take a look at performed on the participant yesterday morning, following the participant complaining of feeling unwell. A PCR take a look at carried out later within the day confirmed the consequence. Nissanaka was instantly remoted in a unique resort upon identification and can bear Covid-19 Protocols Oshada Fernando will be part of the enjoying XI as a Covid alternative.”

Earlier than Nissanka and Mathews, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asitha Fernando, and Jeffrey Vandersay had examined optimistic for the virus after they fell sick. Amidst all of the circumstances within the Sri Lankan camp, Australian gamers and squad members have managed to maintain themselves protected from the scare as no signal of covid has been detected within the guests’ camp.

Sri Lanka to face Pakistan subsequent in two Check matches

In the meantime, the Australian tour of Sri Lanka consisted of three T20Is, 5 ODIs and two Checks. Whereas the guests managed to win the T20I sequence by 2-1, the hosts plotted an act of good redemption and clinched the ODI sequence in a historic 3-2 win. Whereas the hosts misplaced the opening Check, they’ve made an distinctive comeback within the second and last encounter.

Sri Lanka will subsequent host Pakistan for 2 Check matches beginning July 16, scheduled on the Galle Worldwide Stadium in Galle and the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. With a majority of their core gamers out of the squad after testing optimistic for Covid-19, it’s going to be a problem for Sri Lanka.