Sri Lanka tour of the West Indies in doubt as Covid meets Mickey Arthur, Lahiru Thirimanne

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Sri Lanka’s head coach Mickey Arthur has tested positive for COVID-19.© AFP


Sri Lanka’s national team coach Mickey Arthur and a player have tested positive for the corona virus, the country’s cricket board said Wednesday, calling into question the upcoming West India tour. Top batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, 31, and 52-year-old Arthur were found to be infected with Covid-19 after Sri Lanka’s 36-man squad was tested ahead of their scheduled two-week departure. “Given the current situation, Sri Lanka Cricket is exploring the possibility of rescheduling the tour of the West Indies, which was scheduled to begin on February 20,” the governing body said in a statement.

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It is the first time that members of the national cricket team have tested positive for Covid-19. At least 65,700 people in the Indian Ocean island nation have been infected with the virus, and 330 people have died.

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Sri Lanka hosted a two-game test series against England in Galle last month without spectators as part of strict health regulations to prevent the spread of the virus.

Sri Lanka would play two Tests, three one-day internationals and three T20 matches as part of the West Indies tour.

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