Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Fundraiser Cricket Match Hit By Coronavirus

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The match used to be supposed to be between the Sri Lanka Greats XI and Team Sri Lanka.© AFP


A charity cricket match in Sri Lanka aimed at raising money to help fight the coronavirus pandemic used to be cancelled Sunday as a former Test captain tested positive, the country’s governing body for the sport said. The T20 match used to be because of be played on Tuesday at Pallekele, a day after the last day of the second one Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. “The Charity Match… between the Sri Lanka Greats XI and Team Sri Lanka will not go ahead as deliberate because of the prevailing health situation in the country,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a remark.

Officials said the decision used to be taken after Upul Tharanga, 36, tested positive for the virus.

“Sri Lanka Cricket also took into consideration the safety of the players,” SLC said.

The Sri Lanka Greats XI included legendary players Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva.

Sri Lanka is going ahead with the two-match Test series against Bangladesh without spectators as the country faces a third wave of infections.

The sharp rise in cases has prompted the authorities to ban public gatherings and lockdown several areas from Sunday.

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The number of day by day infections, which remained at a few hundred just before the traditional new year on April 14, has shot up to a record 1,699 as of Saturday.

Since the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Sri Lanka has reported 89 virus deaths, bringing the country’s toll to 687.

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