Indian tour of Sri Lanka will not ahead as per the original schedule after the Board of Control for Cricket in India communicated to their Sri Lankan counterparts that holding a series as per the original plan will not be feasible thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, an SLC press-release said on Thursday.
According to the original schedule, Team India was to lock horns with their Asian neighbors for three One-day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals in the month of June.
The release, however, stated that both BCCI and SLC will continue to work together to possibly stage a series in August.
“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.” the press-release said.
Both BCCI and SLC will work towards staging the India-Sri Lanka series in August
The release further stated that the BCCI remains committed to the Future Tour Program and towards its fellow members.
“The BCCI “remains committed to the FTP and towards its fellow members, it will have to seek the advice from the Government of India and the health regulatory authorities before taking any decision for the resumption of Cricket” the release stated.
If the series does go ahead in August, the Sri Lankan government would have to ensure the Indian government and also chalk out a medical plan in order to ensure the security of the visiting players.
Cricket, however, is set to make a return next month with England hosting West Indies for a series of three Test matches at two biosecure centers in Southampton and Manchester.