Prior to Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka: SLC to launch vaccination drive for players
By Mustaq Sydeen
Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) is reportedly looking to get their players vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka, this was revealed by Prof. Arjuna de Silva Chairman- Management Committee, SLC at a Media briefing at SLC headquarters yesterday.
The process will begin on 11 April. Players who are likely to be administered the vaccine are those who will be included in the home two Test series against Bangladesh, starting 21 April at Pallakele international stadium.
“We are expecting the team to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on11 April. The Health Ministry has given us the green light. Players who have shown interest in getting vaccinated will be administered on 11 April and the rest will be vaccinated after the Bangladesh tour,” said Prof. Arjuna de Silva.
Sri Lanka cricket team will be the second after Bangladesh who are launching vaccinations for their players. Bangladesh are likely to arrive on 14 April and are due to play an intra-squad warm-up in Katunayake on 17 and 18 April.
The Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka had originally been slated to be played last October, but was postponed after Sri Lanka’s health authorities insisted that the touring team needed to spend 14 days in quarantine, to which neither the Bangladesh Cricket Board nor the Bangladesh players agreed.
This would be the third major men’s cricket event Sri Lanka hosts since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with last year’s Lanka Premier League and the England Test series in January having come before. On both those occasions, players were allowed to undergo only a brief quarantine before they began training with their teammates several days after arrival. No international women’s matches have been hosted in Sri Lanka during this time.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka fans will finally be able to witness their childhood heroes yet again on the field on 4 May when a charity match between Sri Lanka Legends and a team comprising National and upcoming players takes place at Pallakele international Stadium. SLC has expressed confidence fans will be allowed to the stadium adhering to health protocols and regulations.
Pic By: Venura Chandramalitha