Indian government approval becomes mandatory
By Bipin Dani
Till now the Indian cricket board needed government permission only to play the bilateral series against Pakistan but now even for the Team India to travel to Sri Lanka, the Indian government directives would be mandatory, according to Arun Dhumal, the BCCI official.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is keen to host the series of matches against India but the BCCI is likely to seek some more time before any confirmation.
Speaking exclusively, he said, “As of now we have not called off the tour. It (the tour) is still 1 1/2 months away. Travel restrictions have also not been eased out and therefore no decision is taken.”
“The safety of the players is very important. The BCCI will take all necessary steps and precautions in this ongoing battle against the Coronavirus. Public health and safety of all concerned is of paramount importance and any decision in this regard will be taken after a thorough consultation with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the respective State regulatory bodies.” According to the other BCCI sources, chances are ‘slim’. Before taking a final decision to play three ODIs and three T-20Is in Sri Lanka, the BCCI is to take the following into consideration:
The International Cricket Council has recently announced the postponement of two qualifying events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Qualifier was due to take place in Sri Lanka between 3 and 19 July.
How would the ICC send its neutral match officials (a match referee and one umpire) for the ODIs and T20Is.
As of now we have not called off the tour. It (the tour) is still 1 1/2 months away. Travel restrictions have also not been eased out and therefore no decision is taken.”