Dimuth Karunaratne
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Sri Lanka Cricket has sent messages to the BCCI and Bangladesh Cricket Board, asking for their consents to their respective tours of the island in July. The 1996 World Cup winners had planned a series against India and Bangladesh each during the seventh month of the year.

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However, the Coronavirus pandemic has had a nasty impact on their planning. Fortunately, there are very few positive cases in the Asian island. Hence, just like West Indies, Chinese Taipei, and Vanuatu, there is a possibility of cricket resuming in Sri Lanka.

SLC waiting for an official reply

Talking to ESPNCricinfo on Monday (18th May), the chief of SLC, Ashley de Silva told the sources:

“We have made inquiries from both the India and Bangladesh boards and are awaiting a response from them.”

He confirmed that the series has not been postponed, which means that they are scheduled to happen in July only. Yesterday, the Indian government announced new guidelines for the fourth version of the nationwide lockdown. Taking note of the new guidelines, BCCI issued the following statement:

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“The Board of Control for Cricket in India has taken note of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday for containment of COVID-19 across the country.┬áTaking into the account the restrictions on air travel and movement of people till May 31, the BCCI will wait further before organizing a skill-based training camp for its contracted players. The Board reiterates that the safety and well-being of its athletes and support staff is paramount and will not rush into any decision that can hamper or jeopardize India’s efforts in containing the spread of the virus.”

Since the Indian players have expressed their readiness to stay quarantined for two weeks, it will be intriguing to see if BCCI gives the go-ahead to the tour of Sri Lanka.