India cancels Sri Lanka tour in light of prevailing COVID-19

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Karachi: The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has called off their Sri Lanka tour following the increase in health risk due to COVID-19, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed on Thursday. 

“The India National Team Tour of Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to take place during the month of June 2020 will not go ahead, as scheduled,” SLC said in a media release on Thursday. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that due to the prevailing circumstances revolving around COVID-19 pandemic, the release added.

The Indian team was scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for three ODIs and as many T20Is in June. According to SLC, both the boards are in touch and planning to push the tour a month or two forward.

SLC is seeking the government’s permission to reschedule the tour in August. In case of rescheduling, the Sri Lankan government will have to take the Indian government in the loop and make sure the safety of visiting players.

It must be noted here that all eyes are on West Indies tour of England, as this will be the first international cricket activity to take place after a gap of almost three months. West Indies have reached England and will stay in the ‘bio-secure’ environment throughout the whole tour. They are scheduled to play the first Test of three-match series from July 8.

Read: West Indies arrived in England, will stay in quarantine for 14 days

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