The annual Champion County Match between MCC and Essex - at the Galle International Stadium which was due to take place between 24 and 27 March, and the MCC World Cricket committee meeting in Colombo on 28 and 29 March has been cancelled.
"The health and safety of players, officials and supporters is our priority, and with the danger of infection beginning to increase in the UK, as well as the risk of quarantine for UK arrivals abroad and the potential of spreading the virus further, the decision has been taken for the match and the committee meeting to be cancelled,' MCC said in a statement.
"The Club would like to stress that the decision we have made has not been taken lightly, however with health and safety of paramount importance, it was agreed that it was a risk not worth taking".
"MCC apologises to anyone affected by the cancellation for any inconvenience caused and thank the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, and Essex County Cricket Club, for their understanding of this very important issue".
"A visit to Sri Lanka remains very much in MCC’s plans and we hope to organise a trip to the country in the near future".