India’s tour of Sri Lanka officially postponed
- Updated: June 12, 2020
Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday (June 11) confirmed that India will not tour the country in June as per schedule to to play the three ODIs and three T20Is. The announcement, made via a media release, officially established the inevitability of the postponement.
“The India National Team Tour of Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to take place during the month of June, 2020 will not go ahead, as scheduled,” stated an SLC media release.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that due to the prevailing circumstances revolving around Covid – 19 pandemic, the cricket series, which included 3 ODIs and 3 T20I matches will not be feasible.”
However, the tour hasn’t been entirely called off and the two boards – SLC and BCCI – remain committed to the FTP. They will now look at an alternate window for the limited-overs series. According to reports in The Island, India may tour Sri Lanka in August provided the government gives clearance.
“Although, BCCI remains committed to the FTP and towards its fellow members, it will have to seek the advice from Government of India and the health regulatory authorities before taking any decision for the resumption of Cricket,” stated BCCI in a communication sent to SLC.”
With Bangladesh looking unlikely to travel to Sri Lanka in July for the three-match Test series, SLC will hope the marquee series against India is eventually green-lighted. The BCCI-SLC understanding may also extend to Sri Lanka potentially hosting the Indian Premier League as well later this year with Brijest Patel, the IPL Governing Council Chairman, even stating that BCCI remains open to shifting the tournament out of India this year if needed.