India will lock horns after a group-deciding match involving the latter team with Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the Under-19 Asia Cup and Sri Lanka locked down due to the COVID-19 infection of two officials in Sharjah on Tuesday went.
The semi-finals will be played on Thursday.
32.4 overs had already been bowled before the final Group B match of the tournament was called off following COVID-19 positive results from two officials.
“The Asian Cricket Council and Emirates Cricket Board can confirm that the final Group B match of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup has been canceled today,” the Asian Cricket Council said in a statement.
“It is confirmed that two officers have tested positive for COVID-19. The officials are currently safe and are being treated as per tournament protocol.
“All the personnel associated with this match are going through the testing protocol and have been put in isolation till the results are back.”
Sent in to bat, Ariful Islam (19) and Mohammad Fahim (27) were at the crease with Bangladesh scoring 130 runs in 32.4 overs when the match was called off.
Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had already qualified for the semi-finals and the match group winner and runner-up were to be decided.
Due to their superior run rate, Bangladesh finished on top and will take on India in their semi-final on 30 December.
Sri Lanka will face Pakistan in the second semi-final.
India is the most successful team to have won the title four times – 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2018.
India has also been runners-up in the previous edition of the tournament held in 2016 and in 2020 in New Zealand.