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COVID-19 infected Krunal Pandya out of T20 series; all 8 close contacts test negative but can't take field

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The second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday was postponed by a day after the visiting all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him out of the series with seven days of isolation. However, all his eight close contacts, who were isolated, have tested "negative" in the RT-PCR tests but as a precautionary measure won't be able to take the field on Wednesday.

COVID-19 infected Krunal Pandya out of T20 series; all 8 close contacts test negative but can't take field
The second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday was postponed by a day after the visiting all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him out of the series with seven days of isolation. However, all his eight close contacts, who were isolated, have tested "negative" in the RT-PCR tests but as a precautionary measure won't be able to take the field on Wednesday.
Since the close contacts are mostly players, India might have to field a depleted side. As per Sri Lanka's health safety protocols, Krunal will not be able to travel back to India with other members of the contingent on July 30 as he will now have to undergo mandatory isolation and obtain a negative RT-PCR report.
The third and final T20 is scheduled to be held on Thursday. "Krunal is symptomatic with cough and throat pain. He is obviously out of the series and will not be able to return with the rest of the squad," a BCCI source tracking the developments in Colombo told.