The Indian cricket contingent left the Sri Lankan shores on Friday after completing a six-match white-ball series but allrounder Krunal Pandya remained in mandatory isolation to recover from Covid-19.
However, it couldn’t be confirmed whether the two UK-bound players – Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw – are leaving from Sri Lanka itself or will be coming back to India on a charter plane with the rest of the squad before flying off again.
India lost the T20I series 1-2 after several players of the squad had to be isolated owing to Krunal’s infection.
A senior BCCI officer said “Yes, only Krunal will have to stay back in Sri Lanka for the time being due to the mandatory isolation period of one week. After one week, if he has two negative RT-PCR reports, he will be allowed to fly back. Currently he is in the fourth day of his isolation. All others are free to depart as they have all tested negative.”
The ODI series was delayed by five days and then the second T20I, slated on Tuesday, had to be deferred by a day after Krunal tested positive, having shown symptoms on that day.
Eight other players, who were deemed his close contact, were also isolated and tested.
They were his younger brother Hardik, Prithvi Shaw, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ishan Kishan and Yuzvendra Chahal.
However, all the eight had tested negative.