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India delay call on Sri Lanka tour amid coronavirus travel restrictions

Sports News, National and International, Cricket, New Delhi, May 20:- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided that they will wait for further clarity on international travel restrictions before making a call on the tour of Sri Lanka in July, according to a report in Reuters.

Virat Kohli’s team are scheduled to play three one-dayers and as many T20 Internationals in Sri Lanka but the series is under threat due to measures imposed to battle the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Nothing has been decided as yet, because we are not sure what would be the travel restrictions then,” BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said. “There is no clarity about it. So we’ll wait for that and accordingly take a call.”

India has extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 and all commercial flights in and out of Sri Lanka remain suspended at least until the end of the month.

Bangladesh is being similarly cautious for their three-test series in Sri Lanka in July and August.

“We have to look at travelling restrictions in Bangladesh, and the quarantine protocols in both countries,” Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo.

“We have to be mindful of the players’ readiness … we have to figure out other details about this tour.”

Sri Lanka has already had to postpone home series against England and South Africa because of the global health crisis. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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