Sri Lanka Cricket ready to host Bangladesh and India in July

Sri Lanka Cricket ready to host Bangladesh and India in July

The Lankans have already postponed a couple of home tours.

India v Sri Lanka
Rohit Sharma of India in action. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are most likely to host India and Bangladesh in July. In the island, the coronavirus cases are below 500 and it has stayed the same way for the last two weeks. For the time being, Lanka are scheduled to host India for three ODIs and as many T20Is. It will be followed by the three Tests versus Bangladesh that are part of the World Test Championship.

As of now, neither the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nor the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have confirmed anything. However, with the restrictions slowly easing, SLC is confident that it would be able to host their Asian counterparts. It goes without saying that there would be logistical challenges and quarantine measures in place owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The series hasn’t been postponed: Sri Lanka Cricket

“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,” Ashley de Silva, the Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was quoted as saying in 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,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB CEO told.

The Lankans have already postponed a couple of home tours. Their series against England back in March had to be deferred and it might take place next year in January, according to de Silva. There will also be a limited-overs series versus South Africa.

Bangladesh and India have also suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak. The IPL was deferred for an indefinite period due to the lockdown in India. Their ODI series against South Africa was also cancelled after a washed off match in Dharamsala.

Bangladesh couldn’t go on the third leg of their Pakistan tour. Their matches against Australia in the WTC also had to be cancelled.