India’s tour of Sri Lanka has already been postponed. The 1st ODI which was scheduled to be played on 13th July will now be held on 17th and the build-up to the much-awaited series has been a
story of two halves so far.
India’s second-string side has been having a gala time during warmup games. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Padikkal, Prithvi Shaw, and the polarizing Hardik Pandya have all been amongst runs and have scored a fifty each during the intra-squad warmup match. Deepak Chahar and Bhuvi have also come good with their natural swingers. But the situation is a tragic one for Sri Lankan Cricket, which is facing one setback after the other.
Lankan wicketkeeper tests positive for coronavirus
Yeah, you read that right. As if the jolt of Grant Flower (batting coach) battling corona wasn’t enough, youngster Sandun Weerakkody has also caught the deadly virus. The southpaw was all set to replace counterpart Niroshan Dickwella as the int’l wicketkeeper for the upcoming series versus India. But that was before this lighting struck.
Although Weerakkody has so far represented the Lankan Lions in 3 ODIs where he scored 73 runs at an average of 24.3, his comeback dream is all but over. Well, at least for now. Rex Clementine, Writer at The Island, recently tweeted the following which implies the same:
“I’m sorry to be the one to bring all the bad news. Sandun Weerakkody, who was in a bubble for 10 days at Cinnamon Grand has tested positive for COVID. Last afternoon he was sent to Dambulla from Colombo to play a practice match. Awaiting more PCR results. Things looking gloomy.”
As it stands:
While he won’t participate any further in the build-up to the first ODI, there’s quite an ordeal that makes matters much worse. He had been training with several other Lankan players in the bio-bubble at Colombo, and it’s evident that all the players and staff members will have to be isolated for some time now. This means that India’s tour of Sri Lanka might see another postponement or possible cancellation. There’s just a no better way to put it.
Here’s hoping that Sandun Weerakkody’s and Grant Flower’s cases aren’t that serious and that they get back to full health soon. That’s about it. Please stay at home and stay safe. Thanks for stopping by!