The two, as well as Krunal Pandya and six other Indian cricketers, will stay back in Sri Lanka for the time being
It is understood that Chahal and Gowtham, along with Krunal and six other players, are staying back in Colombo even as the rest of the Indian squad are on their way back to India immediately after the end of the three-match T20I series, which Sri Lanka won 2-1 on Thursday.
The six other players in question are Krunal’s brother Hardik Pandya, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan.
While Krunal was moved to an isolation facility immediately after he tested positive in both the Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR tests on July 27, the remaining eight players were staying at the team hotel, but separated from the rest of the touring party.
According to the Sri Lankan government’s guidelines, anyone testing positive for the virus needs to isolate for at least ten days and then clear a fresh round of tests to be allowed to leave the country. Those identified as close contacts of the affected person must isolate for seven days and then clear the prescribed tests.
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Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo