Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya

The second T20I match between Sri Lanka and India has been postponed after Indian player Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID19.

Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID19

Pandya’s positive test result came not too long before the scheduled start of play – 8 pm local time – and eight other members of the Indian contingent have so far been identified as Pandya’s close contacts and been asked to isolate in their hotel rooms.

“Following the Rapid Antigen Tests conducted ahead of the match on Tuesday morning, Team India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was found to be positive. The Medical Teams have identified eight members as close contacts,” the BCCI said in a media release.

“The entire contingent is undergoing RT-PCR tests today to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad,” the BCCI added.

There have been no reports of positive results among the Sri Lankans, who are scheduled to be tested next on Wednesday morning.

As things stand, the second and third T20Is will now be played back-to-back on Wednesday and Thursday. Though the series will end on schedule despite the postponement, the Indian team’s return home, slotted for Thursday, is likely to be delayed.

India and Sri Lanka are facing off in a three-match T20I series in Colombo, in which the visitors lead 1-0. India are leading the three-match series after an emphatic 38-run win in the opening game on Sunday. Krunal Pandya took 1 for 16 in his two overs in the first game.

All the matches are being played behind closed doors at the R Premadasa Stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, India had defeated the hosts 2-1 in the three-match One-Day International series.

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