On Sunday, for the fourth time in a row, Indian Government extended the countrywide lockdown till May 31. All railway stations and airports; places of large public gatherings such as cinemas, shopping malls, gymnasiums entertainment parks will still remain close that means, the BCCI, who was planning to move players outdoors for training purposes, will have to wait for some more time.
However, on Saturday, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has given green signal to the proposed limited overs series between India and Sri Lanka in July. Recenlty, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board has requested the BCCI to go ahead with the planned bilateral series between the neighbouring sessions.
As per the FTP, India is scheduled to tour the island in July for three ODIs and as many T20Is. In an official mail sent to BCCI, SLC had asked BCCI to consider the possibility of Bi-lateral series.
After responding to the SLC’s mail, Arun Dhamal stated that, however, he has given the reply for now, but all the future of tour largely depends on the Indian Government’s stance on lockdown relaxations.
“It all depends on government directives pertaining to lockdown relaxations and travel restrictions. We are open to travel if it doesn’t compromise the safety and health of our boys,” Dhumal wrote, as per the report in Hindustan Times.
The report also stated that, in case India tours the Island, the players must adhere to the strict rules and regulations. And there are strong chances that the matches will be hosted behind closed doors considering the safety of the fans.
Team India have not played any cricket since their tour of New Zealand in the first calendar month of 2020. If all goes well, Sri Lankan tour might well be the first International match after 5 months of tragic.