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Mickey Arthur, Thirimanne test positive for Covid-19



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Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday informed through an official release that head coach Mickey Arthur and batsman Lahiru Thirimanne have tested positive for Covid-19.

"Following PCR Tests carried out on the Provisional Squad, which was preparing to take part in the National Team’s upcoming tour of West Indies, Head Coach Mickey Arthur and Sri Lanka player Lahiru Thirimanne have tested Positive for Covid-19.

"They were detected following PCR Tests carried out yesterday (02nd February) for the entire 36-member squad, along with the Coaching Staff, Net Bowlers, and the HPC Staff.

"Immediately upon identification, both Mickey Arthur and Lahiru Thirimanne have been directed to follow the Government’s health protocol laid out on Covid – 19," the release said.

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, with 330 dying.

Sri Lanka hosted a two-match Test series against England at Galle last month without any spectators as part of strict health regulations to prevent the spread of the virus.

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