The second T20I between Sri Lanka and India was postponed due to Krunal Pandya testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday (27 July). As with the norms, the close contact with the all-rounder had to be under isolation for a day or two. India identified eight such players, including Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw, who now seem in doubt to play the second T20I which will most likely be played on Wednesday (28 July).
Apart from these two players, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, and Karnataka players Devdutt Padikkal and Krishnappa Gowtham too have been identified as the players who have been in close contact with the senior Pandya in the past few days.
As of now, the match was postponed for 24 hours. But there is good news too as the remaining players have tested negative and there is hope and optimism that the second T20I will be played today.
Shaw and Yadav are set to travel to England for the five-match Test series beginning in August after being named as replacements for injured players. However, their departure is likley to be delayed as the players might have to serve certain days in isolation after being identified as close contacts with Krunal Pandya.
“As it is, whether the players leave now or after a couple of days, they won’t be able to join the team (in England) in time for the first two Tests and now, in fact, even the third doesn’t look possible. There’s mandatory quarantine after flying to England and, it’ll take time before they can join the team there.”
There were also reports that a member of the broadcast crew who joined the Indian team ahead of the T20I series without following the COVID-19 procedures was the reason why the positive case had occurred in the bio-bubble. But there is no official word on who the person might be.