To miss West Indies tour
Sri Lanka quick Lahiru Kumara has tested positive for Covid-19, which rules him out of the tour of the West Indies in March, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed on Monday. Suranga Lakmal is within the frame to be his replacement within the travelling party.
“Following PCR Tests administered on the squad nominated to require part within the ‘white ball’ segment of the tour of West Indies , Lahiru Kumara has tested positive for Covid-19,” an SLC media statement said.
Earlier this month, both head coach Mickey Arthur and top-order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne had tested positive for Covid-19, while seamers Binura Fernando and Chamika Karunaratne were faraway from the training group following positive tests last month.
While no other player tested positive within the latest round of testing, it’d be a matter of concern that each one members of the squad, including Kumara, had participated during an exhibition game the day before the newest tests were conducted.
“Immediately upon identification, Lahiru Kumara has been directed to follow the Government’s health protocol laid out on Covid-19,” the discharge said. “Sri Lanka Cricket will continue with normal operations, adhering to the stipulated Health Protocols.”