SLC hopeful of India, Bangladesh tours

Sports Correspondent

19 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is hopeful that if all works go according to plan cricket will resume in the island with the series against India in July while being followed up by Bangladesh.

“We have made inquiries from both the India and Bangladesh boards and are awaiting a response from them and as of now, those series haven't been postponed,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told media on Monday.

However, neither the BCCI nor the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed their tours, which will have to involve substantial logistical challenges, including quarantine measures in place, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier last week a report stated that the Sri Lankan cricket board had indicated its willingness to play the limited over series in late July in an email and are awaiting a reply from BCCI.

“Sri Lanka Cricket has sent an e-mail to their counterparts at Board of Control for Cricket in India requesting the possibility of resuming bilateral cricket later in July,” the report said.

India were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in June for three ODIs and three T20Is, followed by Bangladesh who were scheduled to play three Tests which are part of the World Test Championship. In the situation, government approval in Sri Lanka is essential as relaxing travel restrictions and providing bio-secure environments for the players is essential.

“We have to look at traveling restrictions in Bangladesh, and the quarantine protocols in both countries. We are in the discussion (with the SLC), so all the factors will come into play. We have to be mindful of the players' readiness, too, but that's going to happen. The players will get back to training, but we have to figure out other details about this tour,” said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

Sri Lanka has already postponed two home tours - a two-Test series against England, which may now take place in January next year, according to de Silva, as well as limited-overs series against South Africa.

SLC is confident their mid-year plans are viable as the number of active cases is less than 500 and has stayed steady for close to a fortnight and at the moment Sri Lanka themselves have begun relaxing regulations internally.