The second T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo will go on as scheduled on Wednesday July 28, sources told NDTV, after eight close contacts of Krunal Pandya, India all-rounder who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, returned negative test results. Krunal will remain in isolation and will not travel back home with the rest of the team on July 30, sources said. After Krunal’s positive test result, the second T20I, which was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, was postponed by a day.

However, most of the eight contacts were players and they won’t take the field on Wednesday, news agency PTI reported.

“Krunal is symptomatic with cough and throat pain. He is obviously out of the series and will not be able able to return with rest of the squad,” a BCCI source told PTI.

“However the good news is that all his eight close contacts who were identified by the BCCI medical officer (Dr Abhijit Salvi) have tested negative. But as a precautionary measure can’t take the field.”

Earlier on Tuesday, all-rounder Krunal had tested positive for COVID-19 after rapid antigen tests were conducted ahead of the second T20I.

BCCI’s medical team had identified eight members of the Indian contingent as close contacts of Krunal.

The entire contingent had undergone RT-PCR tests on Tuesday “to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad”, said BCCI.

India lead the three-match T20I series after they won the first T20I by 38 runs on Sunday in Colombo. Krunal returned three not out and 1 for 16 from 2 overs.

The rescheduling means that the teams will play back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday at the R Premadasa Stadium.

India had won the preceding three-match ODI series 2-1 even as Shikhar Dhawan led a new-look Indian outfit that’s missing some key players including regular captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah among others.

Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah and other members of the Indian Test team are in England ahead of India’s five-Test series against England that starts on August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

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The dreaded virus had hit the Indian camp in England as well with wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and training assistant Dayanand Garani testing positive earlier this month.

Both members of the contigent as well as their close contacts have since returned negative test results and Pant has linked up with the rest of the squad.

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