According to a report by Hindustan Times, Team India could tour Sri Lanka for a six-match limited-over series in July, if the government permits. The report claimed that possibility of the tour was being considered in response to Sri Lanka Cricket‘s desire to host Team India behind closed doors for six limited-overs matches comprising three ODIs and three T20Is.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, in response to the Sri Lanka Cricket’s letter said that BCCI is open to considering the request as long as the health and safety of players and staffs involved wouldn’t be compromised.
“It all depends on government directives pertaining to lockdown relaxations and travel restrictions. We are open to travel if it doesn’t compromise safety and health of our boys,” BCCI treasurer was quoted by the news daily.
Team India’s tour appears nearly impossible
Although the positive response kindles hopes of Team India’s return to cricket field with Sri Lanka tour, it appears unlikely that the tour could be arranged at such a short notice, especially at a time when Indian players, has been forced to stay at home without practice.
Indian players have been confined to their homes since imposition of nationwide lockdown on 25th March and most of them have been just limited to fitness drills with no opportunity for practice. Besides there is still uncertainty on when the lockdown would be lifted in the country and the players would be allowed to begin skill training.
A number of players and experts have advocated a gradual resumption of practice for players post Covid-19 lockdown to prevent sudden shocks and injuries to their bodies.
Recently, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) allowed English players to resume individual practice next week with strict guidelines prepared along with the government.
SLC also offered to host IPL
Sri Lanka Cricket, which had also offered BCCI to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier league (IPL) after BCCI postponed it indefinitely in wake of the global pandemic, is looking to attract broadcasters through India series.