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SL’s Mendis, Dickwella In the middle of the storm bubble

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Chester-le-Street (Durham), June 28 (IANS) Ahead of the opening of One-Day International (ODI) against hosts England, Sri Lanka were in trouble on Monday with a reported breach of the biobubble involving Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella.

A 30-second video has circulated on social media showing the two cricketers sitting in a public place without face masks.

The Kusal Perera-led Sri Lanka, who have lost the T20I series by three big margin matches, begin their ODI campaign on Tuesday (June 29).

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Sri Lanka’s team manager Manuja Kariyapperuma was quoted by ESPNcricinfo on Monday as investigating the matter.

Kariyapperuma said the area that Mendis and Dickwella are seen to be in the photos does not appear to be near the team hotel in Durham.

If proven, the reported breach could have serious consequences for the team, and Mendis and Dickwella will be asked to isolate. They would then not be available for the first two ODIs in the three-match series.

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“Seven other members of the match officials and anti-corruption units were considered close contacts, including five members who were to officiate at the first Royal London ODI on Tuesday 29 June in Emirates Riverside, Durham. Those affected will have to isolate themselves for 10 days until July 7, ”the ECB added.

–IANS

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