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Sri Lanka vs India: Eight contacts with Covid Positive Krunal Pandya return negative results, 2nd T20I to go ahead as planned, say sources

The second T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo will continue as planned on Wednesday, July 28, sources told NDTV, after eight close contacts of Krunal Pandya, Indian all-rounder who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, returned negative test results, Krunal will remain in isolation and will not travel home again with the rest of the team on July 30, sources said. Following Krunal’s positive result, the second T20I, which was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, was postponed by one day.

However, most of the eight contacts were players and they will not take the field on Wednesday, reports news agency PTI.

“Krunal is symptomatic with cough and sore throat. He is obviously out of the series and will not be able to come back with rest of the selection,” a source told BCCI PTI.

“The good news, however, is that all of his eight close contacts who were identified by the BCCI’s medical officer (Dr. Abhijit Salvi) have tested negative. But as a precautionary measure, it cannot take the field.”

Earlier on Tuesday, all-round Krunal tested positive for COVID-19 after rapid antigen tests were performed for the second T20I.

The BCCI medical team had identified eight members of the Indian contingent as close contacts of Krunal.

The entire contingent had undergone RT-PCR tests on Tuesday “to determine a further outbreak in the selection,” BCCI said.

India leads the T20I series with three races after winning the first T20I with 38 races on Sunday in Colombo. Krunal returned three not out and 1 for 16 of 2 overs.

The rescheduling means the teams will play back-to-back games at the R Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday.

India had won the previous three-match ODI series 2-1, even when Shikhar Dhawan led an Indian outfit with new looks, missing some key players such as regular captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah among others.

Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah and other members of the Indian Test team are in England ahead of India’s five Test series against England starting on August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.


The scariest virus had also hit the Indian camp in England with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant batsman and training assistant Dayanand Garani testing positive earlier this month.

Both members of the contingent and their close contacts have since returned negative test results and Pant has joined the rest of the selection.

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