Cricket-Sri Lanka's tour of West Indies in doubt after positive COVID-19 tests

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Sri Lankan cricketers resume training after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) imposed break, in Colombo

(Reuters) - Sri Lanka are looking to reschedule their tour of West Indies after head coach Mickey Arthur and opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne tested positive for COVID-19, the country's cricket board (SLC) said on Wednesday.

Tests were carried out on the provisional 36-man squad on Tuesday ahead of the series in the Caribbean that was scheduled to start on Feb. 20.

"Immediately upon identification, both Mickey Arthur and Lahiru Thirimanne have been directed to follow the government's health protocol laid out on COVID-19," the SLC said in a statement.

"Considering the current situation, SLC is exploring the possibility of rescheduling the Tour of West Indies, which was scheduled to commence on Feb. 20, 2021."

Thirimanne said on Twitter that he had "zero symptoms".

Last month Sri Lanka played a two-match test series against England at home which they lost 2-0.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)