The second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka was postponed by a day after Krunal Pandya returned a positive test for Covid-19, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said.
The second T20I was scheduled to be held on Tuesday evening but it has been halted now.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said in the statement that the match will take on July 28, but also added the rest of the contingent is undergoing RT-PCR tests on Tuesday, “to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad.”
“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 statement added.
According to ESPNCricinfo, “There are 8 close contacts with the player and they are all from Indian team.” All those players are also isolating at the moment.
Krunal, who tested positive on Monday, has been quarantined and the entire contingent’s RT-PCR test reports are awaited.
“Yes, Krunal has tested positive and today’s T20 international has been postponed. The RT-PCR test reports of others in the Indian contingent are awaited,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“The reports will come in the evening (around 6 pm) and if everyone is in the clear, we can have the match on Wednesday,” he added.
The match was to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
India won the first T20 international by 38 runs and it is not clear how Krunal, who has been a part of the strict bio-bubble for the past one month, contracted the virus.
The development is also likely to affect the travel plans of Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, who were due to join the Indian team in England after this series for an upcoming Test assignment against England next month.
The third and final T20 is scheduled to be held on Thursday.
Inputs from PTI