After a breach, Sri Lanka tightens bio-bubble rules, limiting players to the hotel and ground.


After a bio-bubble breach was revealed in England, Sri Lanka Cricket has slammed its players and staff. As a result of the board’s tightening of bubble requirements, players on the tour will only be able to move from the hotel to the ground and back.

Rex Clementine, a well-known journalist, broke the newest news, exposing the changes imposed by Sri Lanka following the breach.

Sri Lankan athletes, he claims, used to live in a cocoon where they could go for a run or order food from takeaway restaurants in Durham and Cardiff. The recent issue, however, has put a halt to all of that, with Sri Lanka Cricket opting for strict bio-bubble standards as a result of the violation.

Today marks the start of Sri Lanka’s three-match One-Day International series versus England. The series’ last game will be played on July 4 in Bristol, with the visiting team expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on July 5.

Suspended trio is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka today.

The change in rule came just hours after Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Niroshan Dickwella were suspended and deported from the United Kingdom for violating the bio-bubble.

After a Twitter video of Mendis and Dickwella outside the bio-bubble went viral on Sunday, Sri Lanka Cricket issued a statement outlining their plan of action.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that vice-captain Kusal Mendis, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, and batsman Danushka Gunathilaka will be flown back to Sri Lanka, with immediate effect. This decision was taken following a preliminary inquiry conducted over a Video posted on Social Media in which the said three players can be seen outside their designated hotel,” SLC said in a statement.

Clementine made headlines when she reported that the trio had been flown back in economy class, something Sri Lanka Cricket hadn’t done in 25 years. Before being probed for the infraction, the suspended trio will be quarantined for 14 days.

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