COLOMBO (AFP) – Two other Indian players have contracted coronavirus, and three infected players have remained in Sri Lanka as the entire team begins to move, officials said on Friday.
Krishnappa Gowtham and bowler Yuzvendra Chahal joined Krunal Pandya on their own after the three were found to be Covid-19, a Sri Lankan cricket official said.
“All three will remain in Sri Lanka until they find out if they have the virus,” the official told AFP.
Some members of the Indian group began marching on Thursday.
The epidemic has cast a dark shadow over the international one-day international and three Twenty20 matches that ended on Thursday.
The games were delayed for five days after Sri Lankan striking coach Grant Flower and a backup worker were found to have them, forcing Sri Lankan players to extend their solitary confinement.
The second T20 international on Tuesday was postponed to a day after Pandya was found to have it.
Eight contacts were separated, Gowtham and Chahal were later confirmed to have been infected.
Meanwhile, three Sri Lankan players face a long ban – and were immediately removed from the Indian series – after breaking into their safe bio-bubble hotel during a trip to England last month.
The island nation won the three-match T20 series 2-1 against the finished Indian team.
India arrived in Sri Lanka on June 28 and has been a solid bio-bubble at the Colombo luxury hotel ever since.
All the games were held at the Colombo s Premadasa stadium without the audience as the country struggles with the increase in epidemic cases.
More than 4,323 Sri Lankans have died from the coronavirus according to official statistics, but doctors say the actual number is high.