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India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour (Image: BCCI)
India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour (Image: BCCI)
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The Tour Of Sri Lanka Has Been A Waste For India: Yajurvindra Singh

Yajurvindra Singh reckons that the decision to send a young squad comprising of several uncapped fringe players to the Sri Lanka tour has proved to be a wasteful exercise and termed it as a goodwill gesture on the part of the BCCI to help the financially struggling Sri Lankan cricket board.

Former India cricketer Yajurvindra Singh opined that BCCI’s decision to send a second-string outfit for an international series against Sri Lanka degraded the essence of a national side.

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Team India [Image-Twitter]

Yajurvindra Singh: International Cricket Is An Entirely Different Ball Game From IPL

India won the ODI series 2-1 but lost the T20I series by the same margin – that after they lost several players to covid forced isolation. In a helpful gesture, the BCCI agreed to send an Indian team to Sri Lanka to help out the SLC recover losses due to the pandemic.

“The idea of India sending two teams, one to England to play the Test series there and the other to Sri Lanka for limited-overs series was actually demeaning to the very essence of a national side. “

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Sri Lanka. (Credits: Twitter)

“One can debate on the fact that India can make two international level cricket teams. If so, one wonders as to why India has not won a single major tournament in the last six years. The quantity is surely there for one to see, however, it is the skill and quality of a player at the top level that makes the difference. Performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a good indicator to unearth talented cricketers, but international cricket is an entirely different ball game.”

Yajurvindra Singh, however, isn’t pleased with this act of the governing body thrusting young IPL stars into international cricket. He felt that the “national pride and prestige” is at stake in international matches and the board had damaged it as Sri Lanka registered their first-ever T20I series win over India.

Yajurvindra Singh: The Tour Of Sri Lanka Has Been A Waste For India As It Was A Goodwill Gesture By BCCI To Help Struggling Sri Lankan Cricket Board

India was up against Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series comprising of six games. The men in blue won the ODI series but lost the T20I series while playing with its depleted side. The visitors were marching up in all the confidence before the COVID-19 scare broke in their camp and they had to go up with their limited options.

“The tour of Sri Lanka, involving three ODIs and equal number of T20Is, has been a waste for India. The whole exercise was a goodwill gesture by the BCCI to help Sri Lankan cricket board which is struggling financially.”

“One appreciates being nice to one’s neighbour and to assist them in their hour of need, but one has to realise that national pride and prestige is at stake. Apart from this, points are accumulated for qualifying for World Cup tournaments and so generosity may not be the best option.

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Yajurvindra Singh. Image-Twitter

“India may have won the ODI series but had to face a defeat in the last game. In cricket, one never takes one’s opponent lightly and India in doing so lost valuable points by losing a match. Although, it was a golden opportunity for the youngsters, their performance against a relatively weak Sri Lankan side would not be an ideal indicator of their ability against top cricket sides, ” said Yajurvindra Singh.

Yajurvindra Singh, who featured in 4 Tests for India between 1977 and 1980, was disappointed seeing the tour head coach Rahul Dravid also “fell victim to the system” for making a number of changes in the third ODI after India had won the series by winning the first two ODIs.

Rahul Dravid had earlier claimed that they will always be fielding their best eleven and giving opportunities to inexperienced players wasn’t their priority. But for the third ODI six changes were made – five ODI debut caps were handed – including dropping of Deepak Chahar, the Man of the Match in the second ODI.

“Sri Lanka look like a team in complete disarray and the small wins against India have given them a ray of hope for their future. Rahul Dravid insisted that his squad will play to win all the matches and that it will not be possible to give everyone an opportunity to play on such a short tour. He too fell victim to the system by making changes. One felt that he failed to understand that this was not an India A side but an India senior side and that every match is important as it goes down in cricket history.”

“The T20 series between India and Sri Lanka had to be completed despite the Covid infection of Krunal Pandya and the quarantine requirements of a few other players.This is precisely why Indian cricket looks good with plenty of options. But the Indian team management is unable to finalize ideal combinations.”

“The IPL will be more of an Indian domestic affair and one has to understand that even in full flight, the bowling arsenal of each team is not as potent and of the same caliber as that of a good International side. “

“India needs to be cautious that a Sri Lankan pandemic and quarantine situation does not arise in England. The BCCI needs to ensure that replacements are on call, if required, at short notice. One dreads to think of an Indian side with fringe players being inducted to make their Test eleven.”

In the same line of events, former India Test cricketer Yajurvindra Singh had stated that the entire Tour was a waste, and the Indian side just played the whole series in order to assist the Sri Lankan cricket board financially. Yajurvindra Singh added that sending a B-side team to a nation is altogether not a good idea only. He added that there is a lot of difference between playing IPL and shining at the international level.

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Sri Lanka Are Willing To Host India-England Test Series In 2021

England’s tour of India which is scheduled for early next year may be affected by the uprising COVID-19 cases and Sri Lanka board has offered to conduct the series if the necessity arises. England and India have a five-match Test series scheduled for the start of next year.

England are set to tour Sri Lanka in January to conclude their postponed series in March this year. The reports suggest that England could stay back in Sri Lanka after their series to play another against India.

Earlier, India and England were to play Test fixtures in September-October but the series has been postponed due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.

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With Sri Lanka’s Low Covid-19 Cases It Can Be A Good Destination For India To Host Its International Matches

The SLC have expressed their willingness to host the England-India test series next year. With worsening state of Covid-19 cases in India, Sri Lanka could be the perfect venue for India to host its international matches till the conditions get better.

“The possibility of England staying back after their two Tests in Sri Lanka to complete the series against India has been given some thought after SLC came up with the suggestion,” according to a report in ‘The Island’.

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England were in Colombo in March for two weeks preparing for a two-match Test series when the global pandemic alarm was alerted worldwide and they had to fly back home.

BCCI Will Not Entertain Such Proposal Right Now

A senior BCCI official told PTI that he has not heard of any formal proposal being sent by the SLC in this regard, and it is highly unlikely that the board would listen to it because the series is still four months away

“At this point, the BCCI is not even entertaining such a proposal as it is still four months away,” the official said on conditions of anonimity.

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England vs India during World Cup 2019. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Sri Lanka has already lifted the lockdown and schools have reopened from last week, as the COVID-19 situation is under control in the Island. Bangladesh are to tour Sri Lanka in October to play a test series which was postponed in July.

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Sri Lanka Cricket team. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Lanka Premier League Likely To Be Rescheduled In November

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has pushed the inaugural edition of Lanka Premier League (LPL) scheduled until mid-November. The decision was taken in keeping mind the safety of players amid the surge of coronavirus worldwide. 

LPL was, earlier, scheduled to take place between August 28 to September 20 with five teams participating in the T20 league. But with travel restrictions and safety concerns, SLC decided to postpone the tournament after consulting their health ministry. 

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Sri Lanka team (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Although mainly the reason to postpone the tournament was because of the increase in coronavirus cases, the Sri Lanka Cricket is also not ready to bear the additional financial burden of creating bio-secure bubbles and 14-day quarantine period, as reported by ESPNCricinfo. 

“The said decision was taken by SLC in consideration of the health guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of Health subsequent to the meeting held with the Health Ministry Authorities,” the release further stated.

Lanka Premier League proposed dates are November 20th to December 12th:

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Sri Lanka Cricket Team. Image Credit: Getty Images.

While talking to ESPNCricinfo, SLC vice-president Ravin Wickramaratne said that the Lanka Premier League might be scheduled from November 20th to December 12th. The league could not be pushed for some weeks because then it might have clashed with the IPL 2020. The Sri Lankan players which are contracted with IPL franchise are likely to be seen in action in UAE as the league scheduled to start from 19th September. 

“We’re not the experts, so we had to go with what the health ministry is telling us,” SLC vice-president Ravin Wickramaratne told ESPNcricinfo. “There’s a window from November 20th to December 12th, so that is what we are planning.” 

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is yet to play a bilateral series since they last played against West Indies in March. There are speculations that Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in conversation with Sri Lanka to host the three-match T20I series along with the Test series, which was earlier scheduled in July. 

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India Tour Of Sri Lanka Officially Postponed

India tour of Sri Lanka, which was originally planned in this month, has been officially postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In this tour, the Indian team would play the limited-overs bilateral series against the hosts.

According to the FTP schedule, the Men in Blue would play three-match ODI series and three-match T20I series in this Sri Lanka tour. The ODI series is the part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

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Virat Kohli and Lasith Malinga: India vs Sri Lanka (Image Credit: Google)

But as the COVID-19 or coronavirus is dominating the world, both the boards, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have agreed to postpone this FTP schedule.

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.

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SLC quoted the BCCI statement, “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.”

According to the earlier media reports, the SLC recently sent the invitations to the BCCI and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to host them to maintain the FTP schedule but from mid-July. The Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka is also likely to be postponed as some of the Bangladesh cricketers have shown their disinterest to tour in Sri Lanka in the present situation.

India can tour in Sri Lanka in August: Report

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India vs Sri Lanka (Image Credit: Twitter)

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.

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Sri Lanka Offers To Host Asia Cup 2020; PCB Reportedly Agrees

While the International Cricket Council (ICC) is thinking about the fate of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is figuring out the fate of the Asia Cup 2020. Recently, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has wished to host the Asia Cup 2020, which the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly given the green signal.

Australia will host the seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup from 18th October to 15th November 2020. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fate of this T20 World Cup is doubtful.

On the other hand, the Asia Cup 2020, which will be the second edition of the T20 Asia Cup and 15th edition of the overall Asia Cup, has been scheduled in September 2020 after understanding the T20 World Cup schedule. Though Pakistan was awarded to host the Asia Cup 2020, the PCB has decided to shift this tournament after the request from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as currently, they can’t travel in Pakistan.

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PCB has already agreed to our hosting Asia Cup 2020: SLC chief

The host nation for the forthcoming Asia Cup hasn’t been confirmed yet. While the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has wished to host this tournament, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has now reportedly offered to organise the Asia Cup 2020. Moreover, the PCB has reportedly also agreed to award the hosting rights to Sri Lanka.

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SLC chief Shammi Silva (Image Credit: Twitter)

According to Sri Lankan media outlet Ceylon Today, SLC chief Shammi Silva said, “We had a discussion with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and they have already agreed to our hosting this edition due to the present world situation.”

Moreover, the SLC chief further added that they also got the green signal to host the Asia Cup 2020 from the recent ACC meeting.

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Silva continued, “We had an online ACC meeting and they basically gave us the green light to host the tournament.”

However, the decision about the fate of the Asia Cup 2020 is currently pending as the ACC is first waiting for the final decision about the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.

While the fate of the T20 World Cup can be decided on this Wednesday (10th June), the fate of the Asia Cup 2020 can be decided in the next ACC meeting.

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Three Former Sri Lankan Cricketers Are Under Investigation By ICC For Match-Fixing

While the Sri Lankan cricket team is currently facing the transition period for quite a long time, the match-fixing controversies are continuously growing up in the country, which is hampering their cricket image and growth. Recently, the Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has claimed that at least three Sri Lankan cricketers are under investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for match-fixing. Later, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has clarified that all of them are not current national players.

Recently, Dullas Alahapperuma has revealed that the ICC is investigating against three Sri Lankan cricketers on the match-fixing allegations.

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He said according to PTI, “We are sorry to see that sports had fallen short of discipline and character.”

Later, the SLC has released a statement where the board has clarified about the fact of this investigation. While the board claimed that none of the current national players was involved in this investigation process, they also added that those three players were former Sri Lankan cricketers.

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The statement claimed, “SLC strongly believes that what the honourable minister actually mentioned was about an investigation launched by the ICC anti-corruption unit against three former Sri Lanka players and not the current national players.”

ICC anti-corruption unit has already charged against some former Sri Lankan cricketers

In some recent years, the match-fixing allegations have grown up against this 1996 Cricket World Cup-winning country. Earlier, the legendary cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya, former left-arm pacer Nuwan Zoysa, former left-handed batsman Avishka Gunawardene etc had been charged for breaching ICC anti-corruption code.

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

On the other hand, the 25-year-old Sri Lankan right-arm pacer Shehan Madushanka has recently been detained by the Sri Lankan police for possessing heroin. Soon, the SLC decided to suspend his contract. Alahapperuma feels disappointed with this incident.

He said, “it was sad and the country had placed high hopes on him.”

According to Alahapperuma, the government will soon focus on the decline of school-level cricket as they believe that the schools have now failed to produce talented players.

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Sri Lanka Cricket Confirms They Are Ready To Host India, Bangladesh In July

The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has stopped the daily busy life of the world, including cricket. While international cricket is currently off due to this pandemic, Sri Lanka is focusing to resume the game. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has recently confirmed that they have proposed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for their upcoming international tours as the country can restart the international cricket from mid-July.

The FTP schedule says that India will tour to Sri Lanka for the three-match ODI series and three-match T20I series. Their ODI series will be the part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will tour to Sri Lanka for the three-match Test series, which will be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.

The SLC has confirmed that all these upcoming home international series haven’t been postponed yet. While they have sent their wishes to start their home international campaign from July, they are waiting for the responses from both the countries.

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Sri Lankan players (Image Credit: Twitter)

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

Initial responses from India and Bangladesh after Sri Lanka Cricket’s approach

The BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has recently claimed that they have no problem with this Sri Lanka tour if the government policies support to travel and the players get safety and healthy environment.

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Indian national cricket team (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, another BCCI official feels that the Sri Lanka tour is almost impossible in mid-July, according to the present crisis. But he also believes that the Indian team can tour to Sri Lanka in a few months later.

On the other hand, the BCB is in discussion with the SLC about their forthcoming tour. The fate of this tour is much dependent on Bangladesh’ travel restrictions and both countries’ quarantine protocols.

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Bangladesh players (Image Credit: Twitter)

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo, “We have to look at traveling restrictions in Bangladesh, and the quarantine protocols in both countries. We are in 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.”

England was the last team who toured in Sri Lanka last March. However, they didn’t start the two-match Test series in that tour as when they were busy in the second and last tour game, they returned to the home amid coronavirus outbreak. This postponed Test series now can be played in January 2021.

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India Tour Of Sri Lanka In Mid-July Is Close To Impossible At Present: BCCI Official

After the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has recently requested to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to travel in Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series in mid-July, the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has recently hinted positive signal for this tour. However, a BCCI official feels that the India tour of Sri Lanka in mid-July is close to impossible according to the present scenario.

The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone many events globally, including cricket matches. Moreover, the upcoming cricket fixtures are also doubtful due to the same reason as many countries are still struggling to defeat this virus.

According to the FTP schedule, India will tour to Sri Lanka in June-July 2020 for the three-match ODI and three-match T20I series. Recently, the SLC sent an email to the BCCI by offering for this upcoming tour in mid-July.

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India vs Sri Lanka (Image Credit: Twitter)

Arun Dhumal has recently claimed that the BCCI is ready for this tour if the upcoming government directives support international travel. However, he also added that they wouldn’t compromise the safety and health of the team.

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BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal (Image Credit: Twitter)

A BCCI official has now clarified that it is almost impossible to tour in Sri Lanka in mid-July. The official has emphasised first to control the inside condition of the country as some players are stuck in the danger zone.

The official told IANS, “I would say it is close to impossible at present. Firstly, we need to take one step at a time in the current scenario and you do realise that some of our players are stuck in Mumbai and Bengaluru — two zones which are highly affected by the pandemic.

“Without even going into the question on whether the Indian team would travel without the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma among others, I would say will international travel be permissible? So, we all need to wait and watch how things unfold.”

The Indian board will obviously try to honour all its commitments: BCCI Official

However, the official has also hinted that the BCCI can agree to travel in Sri Lanka in the later dates when the situation will move to the better position. The official has also opened up that their present priority is to begin the domestic cricket safely.

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The official added, “But keeping in mind how efficiently the government has looked to fight the battle against the pandemic, I doubt we will be in a position to travel outside the country by mid-July. The BCCI will obviously try to honour all its commitments, if not now, then at a later date which suits both boards involved.

“But looking at the current scenarios, safety is priority. Also, to get cricketers in the red zone to come out and travel to a green zone is currently not allowed. So, if the government does in the near future allow that, we will have to see what happens from there on and if we can then start domestic cricket. Domestic cricket is the way forward at present.”

India last played an international match in early March during the Christchurch Test against the hosts New Zealand. Later, their first ODI of the three-match home ODI series against South Africa at Dharamsala (12th March 2020) was abandoned due to the rain washout. But the next two matches of that series was postponed amid coronavirus outbreak.

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Sri Lanka Will Decide The Fate Of Their Upcoming Home Series Against India And Bangladesh In This Weekend

The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone many cricket matches in recent times. While the pandemic is still dominating the world, the fate of Sri Lanka’s upcoming home international series against India and Bangladesh will be decided in this weekend.

According to the FTP schedule, India will tour in Sri Lanka in this June for the three-match ODI series and three-match T20I series. The ODI series will be part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League where India will start their journey in this league with this away series.

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On the other hand, Bangladesh have also the plan to tour in Sri Lanka in this July for the three-match Test series. The Test series will be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.

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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Image Credit: Google)

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has recently confirmed that both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have requested the time till 15th May to assess the situation before taking their final call of this tour. The SLC has also claimed that they will finalise the fate of these upcoming home series at the end of this week.

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 SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva said according to PTI, “The two cricket boards (BCCI and BCB) wanted time till May 15 to assess the situation and we have given them that. We will arrive at a collective decision at the end of this week.”

England and South Africa have postponed their last Sri Lanka tour

South Africa had the plan to tour in Sri Lanka in early June for the three-match ODI (part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League) and three-match T20I series. But the coronavirus pandemic has forced to postpone those series.

Earlier, in last March, England landed Sri Lanka for the two-match Test series which was the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. The visitors played one complete tour match (three-day), and they were playing their last tour match (four-day) before the beginning of the Test series when they decided to return to their home amid coronavirus outbreak.

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No Proposal From SLC To Host IPL 2020: BCCI Official

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the IPL 2020 until further notice amid coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is getting ready to offer the BCCI to host the IPL 2020 in Sri Lanka. However, the Indian board has clarified that they are currently not in the position to talk about this.

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League or the IPL 2020 was initially scheduled to run from 29th March to 24th May 2020. But the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone the tournament until further notice. As the situation is still far away from the control position in India as well as in many other countries, there is a strong doubt regarding the IPL 2020 feature.

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Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is still handling the coronavirus situation very well. The SLC President Shammi Silva believes that Sri Lanka will be clear of the coronavirus before India, which can open up their chances to host the IPL 2020.

However, a senior official from the BCCI has claimed that they are currently not in the position to talk about the IPL 2020 while the coronavirus has stopped the world.

The official told PTI, “The BCCI will not be in a position to say anything when the world is closed.”

There is no proposal from SLC yet: BCCI official confirmed

The SLC President also told Reuters that they would soon write to the BCCI about their wishes to host the IPL 2020. The senior BCCI official further claimed that the board hasn’t got any proposal from the SLC yet, so, there is no discussion regarding the same.

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The official added, “There is no proposal from SLC yet and obviously no discussion.”

Earlier, during the Indian general elections, the entire IPL 2009 (in South Africa) and first-half of IPL 2014 (in the United Arab Emirates) were played outside India.

During the latest press release, the BCCI has clarified that the IPL 2020 can be organised if the situations become safe and appropriate for the game.

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