Sri Lankan cricketers will head straight into a bio-bubble ahead of their limited-overs series against India after landing back from England, where the players they competed against have been quarantined following a COVID-19 outbreak in the team.
India and Sri Lanka are due to square off in an ODI and T20 series starting July 13.
“The Sri Lankan team will reach Colombo today itself and enter another bubble after one round of RT PCR test. Even after completion of tour on Sunday, the team had an RT PCR test in UK before boarding the flight,” a Sri Lanka Cricket official said.
“Since the India series is starting in a week no one is going home. It’s bubble to bubble transfer. However if anyone tests positive, usual protocol of testing and isolation would follow,” he added.
This was after three England players and four members of the support staff tested positive for the virus after the last ODI against Sri Lanka in Bristol on Sunday.
The squad has been placed in isolation from that day onwards, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.
Their six-match limited-overs series against Pakistan is, however, going ahead, as scheduled on Wednesday. Ben Stokes will be leading an altogether new team that will be announced later on Tuesday.