WI vs SL: Sri Lankan coach Mickey Arthur before the Windies tour, batsman Lahiru Thirimane Kovid -19 positive

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Sri Lankan head coach Mickey Arthur and batsman Lahiru Thirimane have been found positive in the Kovid-19 investigation ahead of the team’s West Indies tour later this month. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) gave this information on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka Cricket said that after that it was exploring the possibility of a change in the tour schedule for which the matches were to start from February 20. A team of 36-member potential players, including coaching staff, net bowlers and other staff, underwent a PCR test on Tuesday, after which two cases came up positive.

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The board said in a statement, “A team of potential players and staff, preparing to take part in the upcoming tour of the West Indies for the national team, underwent a PCR test in which head coach Mickey Arthur and player Lahiru Thirimanne Kovid-19 positive have come.”

Both Arthur and Thirimane have been instructed to follow the government’s health protocol on the Kovid-19. Thirimane confirmed by tweeting that he had come positive but said he did not have any symptoms.

Sri Lanka were scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals on this tour. “Given the current situation, Sri Lanka Cricket is looking for a change in the schedule of the tour of the West Indies which was to start from 20 February 2021,” the board said.