International cricket may begin in Sri Lanka as early as July if things fall in place as far as Sri Lanka Cricket’s plans are concerned. All the international series and major domestic tournaments were called-off in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in March. The Australia-New Zealand ODI on March 13 was the last international game before every event was called off.
In normal circumstances, the world of cricket would have been busy enjoying the Indian Premier League (IPL) right now. IPL 2020 was scheduled to start on March 29 with the blockbuster clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. At first, the BCCI suspended the league till mid-April before suspending it indefinitely in the light of the pandemic.
Well, the action could finally resume in July if the BCCI and the Bangladesh Cricket Cricket Board (BCB) accept the proposal sent to them by Sri Lanka Cricket. As of now, neither the BCCI nor the BCB have confirmed the tours but the Sri Lankan board is confident of hosting the series.
“We have made inquiries from both the India and Bangladesh boards and are awaiting a response from them,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told ESPNcricinfo. “As of now, those series haven’t been postponed.”
BCCI is yet to give any public statement on the matter. Earlier, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal had said that until the Indian government gives teams permission to travel, the board cannot do much. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury also spoke about the travel restrictions.
“We have to look at traveling restrictions in Bangladesh, and the quarantine protocols in both countries. We are in discussion [with the SLC], so all the factors will come into play. We have to be mindful of the players’ readiness, too, but that’s going to happen. The players will get back to training, but we have to figure out other details about this tour,” he told the news outlet.
India were due to visit Sri Lanka in late June for three ODIs and three T20Is, followed by Bangladesh who were scheduled to play three Tests which are part of the World Test Championship.