The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday confirmed that India’s limited-overs tours of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe have been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The India National Cricket Team was originally scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka from 24th June 2020 for 3 ODIs and as many T20Is and to Zimbabwe for a series comprising 3 ODIs starting 22nd August 2020.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the SLC was not able to schedule the home limited-overs series against India. In their press release on Thursday (11th June), the SLC has clarified that the BCCI is committed to following the FTP schedule but denied touring in Sri Lanka in this month due to the present circumstance and following their government’s advice.
BCCI Cancels India’s Tour Of Zimbabwe
As stated in the earlier press release issued on 17th May, the BCCI will conduct a camp for its contracted players only when it is completely safe to train outdoors. The Indian board is determined to take steps towards the resumption of international and domestic cricket, but it will not rush into any decision that will jeopardize the efforts put in by the Central and State governments and several other respective agencies in containing the spread of the coronavirus.
“The Office-Bearers have been taking note of advisories issued by the Government of India and the Board is committed to fully comply with the restrictions imposed and guidelines issued. The BCCI will continue to study and evaluate the changing situation,” Jay Shah said in a statement.
NEWS : The BCCI on Friday announced that the Indian Cricket Team will not travel to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe owing to the current threat of COVID-19.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 12, 2020
India can tour in Sri Lanka in August: Report
On the other hand, according to some latest media reports, the BCCI has agreed to tour in Sri Lanka in this August to maintain the FTP schedule. The SLC is now waiting for the permission of the country’s Ministry of Sports. However, there is no official call on this report yet.
India last played their international match in early March during their tour in New Zealand. In the middle of the March, South Africa landed India for the three-match ODI series, but while the first game was abandoned due to the rain-washout, the next two matches were postponed amid coronavirus outbreak.