COVID-19 infections, dropouts hit the inaugural version of the Premier League Lanka

Two international gamers examined constructive for coronavirus upon arrival in Sri Lanka for a three-time-delayed Twenty20 cricket match, officers mentioned on Friday as a number of different huge stars stepped down.

Pakistani Sohail Tanvir and Canadian Ravinderpal Singh had been remoted and positioned below medical care on Friday as a result of their COVID-19 assessments on arrival confirmed they had been contaminated, officers mentioned.

The Lanka Premier League (LPL) setback got here when West Indian star Chris Gayle informed his facet at Kandy Tuskers that he wouldn’t be capable to attend attributable to a hamstring harm, a Tuskers spokesperson informed AFP.

South African batsman Faf du Plessis has additionally stepped down as he was attributable to be together with his nationwide workforce for his England tour coinciding with the LPL, match organizers mentioned.

Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan skipper of Twenty20, retracted saying he had not had sufficient coaching to take part within the 23-match match beginning November 26 and ending December 17.

Strict quarantine restrictions have compelled all gamers from all 5 groups to hitch a “bio-secure bubble” at a resort within the south of the island by Thursday.

Well being authorities insisted on a one-week quarantine on the resort. Matches have to be performed at Hambantota Stadium with out spectators.

Different gamers who’ve stepped down embody England all-rounder Ravi Bopara and Kabir Ali, a former England cricketer who was attributable to coach one of many groups.

Ali examined constructive for coronavirus simply earlier than arriving in Sri Lanka and was changed by former South African star Herschelle Gibbs, who had visited the island as a commentator for the competitors.

The league has been postponed thrice because of the pandemic, however the Sri Lanka Cricket Council insisted on Friday that it proceed as deliberate.

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