Mumbai: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) plans to restart cricket in the country in July, hosting India and Bangladesh, only if both the respective boards approve the proposal.
“We have questioned both the India and Bangladesh boards and are awaiting a response from them. At the moment, those series have not been postponed,” ESPNcricinfo quoted SLC CEO, Ashley De Silva.
So far, neither the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nor the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed the tours, which would have to include substantial optical challenges, in light of the player’s quarantine measures. COVID 19 Pandemic.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said on Sunday, “Considering the ban on air travel and the movement of people till 31 May, the BCCI will wait more before holding a skill-based training camp for its contracted players.”
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chaudhary said the board was in talks with SLC and would ask the players for their readiness before the confirmation of the tour.
“We have to look at travel restrictions in Bangladesh and quarantine protocols in both countries. We are in discussion [with the SLC], so all 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.”
However, in Sri Lanka itself, curfew has begun to relax, and SLC believes their mid-year series is viable. There are fewer than 500 active cases of the disease on the island – the number remained stable for about two weeks.
India was scheduled to visit Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three T20Is at the end of June, followed by Bangladesh which was scheduled to play three Tests as part of the World Test Championship.
According to De Silva, as well as a limited-overs series against South Africa, Sri Lanka has already postponed two home rounds – a two-Test series against England, which may now take place in January next year.