India’s tour of Sri Lanka 2020: A BCCI source has quashed reports of the Indian board confirming the tour of Sri Lanka in August.
Despite international cricket set to resume from July 8 in England, there is still no confirmation on when India will play their first international match post the novel COVID-19 outbreak.
Had it not been for the global crisis, Indian players would have toured Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three T20Is this month after completing the 13th season of the Indian Premier League last month.
While the tour of Sri Lanka got delayed among many other cricket tournaments around the world, a recent report in The Island claimed that BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) have agreed to tour the island nation in August with subject to approval from their government.
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It is worth mentioning that unlike players of some other countries, Indian players are yet to resume training post the nationwide lockdown.
India’s tour of Sri Lanka 2020
A source in the know-how of the matter has quashed the reports of India agreeing to tour Sri Lanka in August stating that it is still “too early to answer” and that the board is yet to take a decision.
“Wait and watch is what we are following for the moment. It is still two months away and like we have said time and again, safety is priority and we will abide by the directives issued by the government. Too early to answer the question whether the tour will happen or not. We have not taken any decision as of now.
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“Also, the situation with regards to the pandemic is constantly changing and the government has been on top in an effort to control the pandemic and help normalcy return. So, we will take a call when the time is appropriate,” the source was quoted as saying by IANS.
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. It was earlier reported that India would tour Sri Lanka in July but no official announcement was made.