India’s tour of Sri Lanka, which was originally scheduled to take place in June 2020, has now been called-off due to coronavirus pandemic. The tour included three T20Is and three ODIs. The cancellation was expected as Indian players are yet to resume training with cases continuing to rise rapidly in the country, which has recorded more than 8,000 COVID-19 deaths and close to three lakh cases.
The players will need four to six weeks to regain match fitness after training resumes. However, both the boards remain committed to the series and having it in August is a possibility.
“The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has informed the SLC that it is not possible to schedule a tour of Sri Lanka for June this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently affecting the world. The tour will become the third international cricket tournament to be abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release read. Last month, the SLC had expressed the desire to host India and Bangladesh, with India touring in August 2020.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League also remains suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis. However, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that the board is exploring all possible options to host the tournament this year.