The last few weeks have been tumultuous for the Sri Lankan cricket team. While it lost both the T20I and ODI series against England, a bio-bubble breach saw three top cricketers being suspended.

And its woes continued as two members of the support staff – including batting coach Grant Flower – tested positive for COVID-19 soon after reaching Colombo. While that led to a doubt over the series against India, which begins on Sunday, the team has now cleared the COVID tests and is looking forward to the series, against the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian side.

In a conversation with Sportstar on Tuesday, Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur spoke about the series against India, the road ahead for the Sri Lankan team, and why it is important to involve a legend with the U-19 and emerging teams.

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Q. Soon after returning from England, there was a COVID-19 scare. How is the mood in the camp…

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