Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Groundsman at Pallekele Stadium tests positive for Covid-19

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh - Groundsman at Pallekele Stadium tests positive for Covid-19

The ongoing Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is under threat of being halted as a groundsman at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has returned a positive test for coronavirus today. The members who were in close contact with him are put in isolation.    

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) media manager Prasanna Rodrigo is confident that the bio-secure bubble is not under threat and the groundsman was tested positive as part of the regular testing protocol before entering the stadium and upon testing positive, proper health protocols were followed. 

"A temporary worker, who reported to work, was found positive during regular testings we do before they enter the venue. Once he was found positive, he along with nine of his first contacts were sent to follow regular health protocols,'' Prasanna Rodrigo, media manager of SLC, told Cricbuzz.

The ongoing series suffered eight-month postponement as in the last year during July, amid the height of the pandemic, the series was put on hold. Bangladesh scored a mammoth 541/7 in their first innings with southpaw Najmul Shanto scoring 163. It was Shanto's maiden century as the youngster coming up through the ranks showed great promise in his gritty knock.

Skipper Mominul-Haque amassed 127 with handy contributions from the lower order batsmen. Sri Lanka is on the track to finish the deficit as they sit comfortably at 229/3 after stumps on Day three.