Krunal out of T20I series; all 8 close contacts return negative

After being tested positive for Covid-19, India all-rounder Krunal Pandya has been forced to miss the remainder of the T20I series with seven days of isolation.

However, all the other people, mostly players, who were in close contact with Krunal and were immediately isolated, have tested “negative” in the RT-PCR tests and will be available for the postponed game which is being held later today.

As per Sri Lanka’s health safety protocols, Krunal will not be able to travel back to India with other members of the contingent on July 30.

The all-rounder will now have to undergo mandatory isolation and obtain a negative RT-PCR report.

The third and final T20 is scheduled to be held on Thursday.

Earlier, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a media statement: “The second T20I between Sri Lanka and India originally scheduled to be played on July 27 has been pushed forward by a day and will now take place on Wednesday, July 28.”

“Following the Rapid Antigen Tests conducted ahead of the match on Tuesday morning, Krunal Pandya was found to be positive. The Medical Teams have identified eight members as close contacts,” the release had earlier stated.

India had won the first match of the series by 38 runs.

News Desk

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