The ongoing coronavirus epidemic has claimed more than two lakh lives globally. The virus infection has completely ruined the international calendar of various sporting events all across the world. The all-important cash-rich Indian Premier League which was initially scheduled to be held on March 30 has been postponed for an indefinite period of time.
India were also scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series after the IPL, but it has been postponed indefinitely. Recently, Sunil Gavaskar told that playing cricket behind closed doors is the last resort as there is no clarity when the live cricket would resume.
England’s tour of Sri Lanka rescheduled to January
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva claimed that England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka that could not be finished in March owing to coronavirus outbreak had been rescheduled to January next year.
It should be noted that England spent around ten days in Sri Lanka in March and played a warm-up game before the tour was called-off owing to the coronavirus outbreak. In fact, it was supposed to be a two-match Test series as part of the ICC World Test Championship.
“We are in the process of rescheduling the tours that have been postponed. England has been already rescheduled for the month of January next year but the dates have not been finalised. At the same time, we are also looking at exploring the possibility of rescheduling postponed tours and looking at the windows which are available and alternatives too. South Africa is one of the tours which we are looking at rescheduling. We are engaged in discussions with the member countries and see how it can be planned out,” de Silva told Daily News.
Nonetheless, England are scheduled to tour India in January for a five-match Test series. It would be quite interesting to see how the scheduling will pan out as the cricketing activity is stopped due to the pandemic.
The two other important tours which are originally scheduled to go all guns blazing, with India and Bangladesh due to tour Sri Lanka in June-July and July-August. SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said that they would explore the possibility of playing those two tours in another week or two.