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Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput Kovid-positive at the start of Sri Lanka tour

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Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput will not play the first two One Day Internationals in Sri Lanka after testing positive for COVID-19 at the start of the tour, an official said on Monday. Sri Lanka’s top sports doctor Arjun de Silva said Rajput was asymptomatic but was kept under observation at a hospital before being isolated in a hotel. “We are doing some routine tests and he will be able to go back to a hotel,” de Silva told AFP. “There will be a 10-day quarantine period which means he will miss the first two matches.”

The ODI series will be played on January 16, 18 and 21 at the Pallekele Stadium in the central city of Kandy.

De Silva said other members of the Zimbabwe team tested negative and would continue their practice as planned.

Plans to stage three T20Is with Zimbabwe were postponed due to Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of Australia. Australia’s five-match T20 tour of Sri Lanka is to be held on February 11-20.

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