India tour of Sri Lanka officially postponed

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has officially announced the postponement of the Indian tour of Sri Lanka 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The tour, consisting three T20Is and three ODIs in June, will not go ahead as earlier scheduled. However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is hopeful that the tour will be rescheduled at the earliest. As per reliable sources, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed their willingness to travel to Sri Lanka if the situation improves in August. 

“Although, 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,” stated BCCI in a communication sent to SLC.

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This is the third international men’s inbound tour for Sri Lanka to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In March, the Englishmen left the island in the middle of a warm-up game ahead of their two-match series, while the Proteas’ tour of Sri Lanka in May/June was also postponed. 

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Sri Lanka has lifted almost all of their restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic with only 11 deaths and 700+ active cases in the island. The Sri Lankan national team started their outdoor training in ‘Bio-secure’ facilities from the 1st of June. 

However, the Indian team has not yet started training as there are over 137,000 active Covid-19 cases in their country, with over 8000 deaths.

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