India’s tour of Sri Lanka in June faces ‘uncertainty’

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The Coronavirus pandemic has already seen some of the major cricketing events including the Sri Lanka-England tests, Ireland Vs Bangladesh series in England being postponed indefinitely. Now, chances are that the India’s tour of Sri Lanka in June could face the same fate. Cricket Age reliably learns that in order to accommodate lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling over of scrapping Sri Lanka tour in June.

The India cricket team is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in June 2020 to play three One Day International (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.

However, the postponement of IPL has put BCCI in jeopardy. The start of IPL 13 was originally scheduled for March 29 but it was then postponed to April 15 in the wake of the growing Coronavirus cases in the country. Only a few days after, the government imposed a 21-day lockdown across the nation which is now very much unlikely to be lifted anytime soon.

“Definitely we will postpone the Sri Lanka tour, if we gets a window to play IPL in May or June. The proposition of hosting the IPL in May or June has been discussed since last few weeks. However, it all depends on how soon the COVID-19 situation resolves” a top BCCI official told Cricket Age.

“If things go back to normal around the world by that time, we are confident to organize the mega event in upcoming months” the top official added further.

In a scenario where the IPL is to be cancelled, the impact of such a decision will be huge on both the BCCI as well as the players. Not only will the cricketers lose out on their IPL money but the Indians could also face cut in their wages from the Indian board.





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