Sri Lanka cricket board requested the Indian cricket board to go ahead with their upcoming limited-over series against Sri Lanka in the mid-July. But amid the coronavirus outbreak, the BCCI is not very hopeful about the same.
BCCI not interested in Sri Lanka’s proposal
When the cricket authorities across the world have been postponing or cancelling upcoming tours and following instructions by their respective governments, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to go ahead and play the limited-over series scheduled in the middle of July. But according to an official of the Indian board, it would be nearly impossible to carry on with the same. The source told IANS, “I would say it is close to impossible at present.”
He explained that some of the important team members of the team are stuck in Mumbai and Bangalore and international travel permission would be a real issue. “Firstly, we need to take one step at a time in the current scenario and you do realise that some of our players are stuck in Mumbai and Bengaluru — two zones which are highly affected by the pandemic. Without even going into the question on whether the Indian team would travel without the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma among others, I would say will international travel be permissible? So, we all need to wait and watch how things unfold.”
Sri Lanka proposes to host IPL
As per a report published in ‘The Island’, Sri Lanka Cricket sent an e-mail to the Indian cricket authority to continue with the bilateral cricket for three ODIs and three T20 internationals. In fact, the island cricket board also showed interested to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. Mathew Hayden, former Australian cricketer also gave nod to the proposal as Colombo itself has at least three or four international cricket venues. He insisted albeit that the health protocols should be made even in such a scenario.
Regarding the e-mail sent to the BCCI, when the daily contacted the Sri Lanka board, “an official said that they would have to follow strict quarantine rules and the series might take place behind closed doors considering the safety of fans.”