India will not tour Sri Lanka for the scheduled three ODIs and as many T20Is in June, as Sri Lanka Cricket had hoped, but the boards are still working towards playing that series in August. This is according to an SLC official, who confirmed that although the BCCI is not ready to send a team just yet (in light of the Covid-19 pandemic), SLC was working on getting official governmental approval for the series to take place in a couple of months.
If the tour is to go ahead in August, Sri Lanka’s government would have to make assurances directly to India’s government, as well as put a medical plan in place to ensure the safety of visiting players. What’s certain for now, however, is that the series will not take place this month, as it had been scheduled.
“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 cricket series, which included 03 ODIs and 03 T20i matches will not be feasible.”
According to that same SLC release, the BCCI “remains committed to the FTP and towards its fellow members, it will have to seek the advice from Government of India and the health regulatory authorities before taking any decision for the resumption of Cricket”.
More to follow…