BCCI ready to tour Sri Lanka in July: India’s tour of Sri Lanka can turn out to be vital as far as resumption of cricket is concerned.
Had it not been for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 13th season of the Indian Premier League would have been in its business end. However, amidst a global crisis, the biggest T20 league is among the many other sporting tournaments which have been postponed as an aftermath of the dire situation.
While significant steps will have to be taken to conduct IPL 2020, two of the biggest cricketing competitions this year in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 and India’s tour of Australia are also inviting suggestions over proper ans safe execution.
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BCCI ready to tour Sri Lanka in July
With plentiful speculations coming from all corners of the cricketing fraternity, India head coach Ravi Shastri didn’t shy away from expressing priority towards IPL 2020 and bilateral series over world events.
Going by a latest development, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) treasurer Arun Dhumal has hinted at Shastri’s opinion of playing bilateral series might just be the way forward for the Indian cricket team.
Dhumal, who recently also backed a two-week quarantine period before beginning India’s tour of Australia later this year, said that India are “open to travel” to Sri Lanka but the same will only happen after following government’s directives regarding travel restrictions.
“It all depends on government directives pertaining to lockdown relaxations and travel restrictions. We are open to travel if it doesn’t compromise safety and health of our boys,” Dhumal was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
While India were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three T20Is post IPL 2020, the schedule for the same was yet to be made public. If things work out, India touring Sri Lanka as recent as July can be exemplary for the rest of the world to follow.
While India had hosted Sri Lanka for three T20Is in January, the last they toured Sri Lanka was in 2017 when they played three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I.