India ready to tour Sri Lanka for an ODI & T20 series; BCCI

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The Indian cricket board - BCCI says it is open to tour Sri Lanka in July for a six-match limited over series, if the government allows them to. “It all depends on government directives pertaining to lockdown relaxations and travel restrictions. We are open to travel if it doesn’t compromise safety and health of our boys,” treasurer Arun Dhumal said.

This was in response to Sri Lankan board’s (SLC) letter to BCCI, offering to host India in a closed door six match tour (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is) in July end, if they were ready to follow quarantine rules.
Does that raise hopes of Virat Kohli-led India, returning to cricket pitch with the Sri Lankan tour. That’s a long shot. Indian players have been confined home, after imposition of nationwide lockdown from March 25. A majority of the players, living in metro cities have been limited to fitness drills, with no space even to run. The Indian board is still waiting for government directives, before they can organize an outdoor skills camp for the players. Besides international travel hasn’t resumed.

SLC currently has no media rights holders and is looking to attract broadcasters, through India tour, by far the most attractive.

“If the BCCI is saying they are ready to tour, that’s just smokescreen. They are telling Sri Lanka, we are willing to honour bilateral commitments,” a source tracking developments says.

Given the timelines, it appears unlikely that the series can be pulled off, at such a short notice.(Hindustan Times)

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  • Rome Sunday, 17 May 2020 08:59 PM

    Hope but don't bring any more viruses.

    Janaka Sunday, 17 May 2020 09:21 PM

    What cricket, is the government trying to kill people, we are not interested to watch any matches we are only worried about our life

    mnsmart Monday, 18 May 2020 08:47 AM

    Why not play online cricket?

    Max Monday, 18 May 2020 09:03 AM

    No indians in near future please

    Citizen Monday, 18 May 2020 09:36 AM

    India's Covid-19 situation is getting bad. Please have any matches after this situation gets a reduced. Also, Please do now have the IPL here ( at this moment ) - Sri Lankan cricket Board has asked the Indian Cricket Board. Sri Lankan cricket Board Chairman wants only money, they do not care about the peoples' lives. Without consulting the Health authorities, he is taking his own decisions. Please think of our country


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