Sri Lanka rotates almost impossible today: BCCI official
NEW DELHI: At a time when cricket boards around the world have postponed tours with an eye toward coronavirus pandemic and health directives from their respective governments, the Sri Lankan board has requested the Cricket Control Board in India ( BCCI ) to go ahead and play the limited series against Island Nation in mid-July. But the Indian junta believes that it will be almost impossible to move on.
Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that while it is still some time away, it looks almost impossible that the Indian team can travel to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series as early as July.
I would say that it is almost impossible at the moment. First of all, we have to take one step at a time in the current scenario and one realizes that some of our players are trapped in Mumbai and Bangalore, two areas that are badly affected by the pandemic. Without even going into the question of whether the Indian team would travel without the likes of Virat Kohli , Rohit Sharma among others, would you say that international travel will be allowed? So we must all wait and see how things unfold.
But keeping in mind how efficiently the government has looked to fight the battle against the pandemic, I doubt we will be in a position to travel outside the country by mid-July. The BCCI will obviously try to honor all its commitments, if not now, then at a later date which suits both boards involved. But looking at the current scenarios, safety is priority. Also, to get cricketers in the red zone to come out and travel to a green zone is currently not allowed. So, if the government does in the near future allow that, we will have to see what happens from there on and if we can then start domestic cricket. Domestic cricket is the way forward at present, he explained.
According to a report published in 'The Island', Sri Lanka Cricket has sent an e-mail to BCCI , requesting the possibility of resuming bilateral cricket later in July. Virat Kohli -led India are slated to tour the Island Nation in mid-July for three ODIs and three T20 internationals.
The report also said that when The Island contacted them, an official said they would have to follow strict quarantine rules and that the series could take place behind closed doors considering the safety of fans.
Interestingly, SLC has also shown interest in organizing the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League , a move that was supported by Australian legend Mathew Hayden during an interview with IANS. He said that if it is not possible to organize the tournament in India, it can be held in a nation like Sri Lanka, where a city like Colombo has three or four international venues, provided that all necessary health precautions are taken and there is no risk. players, support staff and broadcast team who would be traveling.
But a IPL it now seems likely only in the October-November window with the World T20 almost ready to be postponed.