SLC writes to India on resuming bilateral cricket



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By Rex Clementine


Sri Lanka Cricket has sent an e-mail to their counterparts at Board of Control for Cricket in India requesting the possibility of resuming bilateral cricket later in July. India were slotted to tour the island in mid-July for a six match series (three ODIs and three T-20 Internationals). However, the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic has brought the world to a standstill and so has sporting events across the globe.


SLC has indicated the willingness to play the series in late July and are awaiting a reply from BCCI.


When contacted by The Island, 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.


SLC has already had two series – against England and South Africa postponed. Both England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa have agreed to return to Sri Lanka to play the series with England expected to come down in January next year.


However, the word that SLC are eagerly awaiting is that from the BCCI. A cancellation of the series will make SLC feel the pinch. Cricket tours by India bring in SLC their lion’s share of profits and the board was banking on this particular tour.


Sporting contests are resuming across the world with football taking the lead. Bundasliga in Germany is expected to start tomorrow (Saturday). Premier League in England, one of the worst affected countries by the pandemic with over 33,000 deaths, is expected to start soon.


This year SLC was set to host several bilateral series with Pakistan and Bangladesh too set to tour after England, South Africa and India.


SLC also had indicated to India their willingness to host this year’s IPL if India weren’t able to host showpiece event. There has been no response from BCCI on this regard with some observers claiming that this year’s event will not take place. However, others have argued that given the financial implications the cancellation of IPL will create, BCCI would want the event to happen even overseas. Previously the IPL has been staged in South Africa.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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