Following the suspension of the Indian Premier League due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stepped up its efforts to ensure that international matches are played as scheduled.
Last week, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly announced that white-ball specialists will take part in India’s tour of Sri Lanka for two limited-overs series in July, while the Indian Test team will travel to the United Kingdom for the WTC New Zealand and a five-match Test series against England.
India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Sri Lanka, with all of the matches taking place behind closed doors at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The Indian team is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on July 5th. Three ODIs will be played on July 13th, 16th, and 19th, and T20Is on July 22nd, 24th, and 27th.
“We plan to host the entire series at one venue. As of now, it has been decided that the Premadasa Stadium will host the fixtures. Obviously, it depends on how the situation is around that time,” said Arjuna de Silva, the administrative committee chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
India to be subjected to one week of quarantine
The Indian team that will tour Sri Lanka will also be subjected to a week-long quarantine, which will be divided into two parts: the first will consist of three days of tight quarantine within their hotels, followed by four days of training but with movement limited to only the hotel and the ground.
“As of now, we will stick to the protocol where the players will have to undergo hard quarantine for the first three days and in the next four days, they will be allowed to train,” added Arjuna de Silva.
This will be India’s first tour to Sri Lanka since winning the Nidahas Trophy in 2018. When cricket resumed after the coronavirus pandemic, Sri Lanka effectively hosted foreign teams such as England and Bangladesh. De Silva is optimistic that they will be able to execute the India tour as well.
“During the series against England and Bangladesh, we took the help of the Sri Lanka Army commandos to maintain bubble security,” he said. “We have all the help from the health ministry, with about 10 doctors taking care of the bubble, so our medical team is large. We followed a similar thing during the England series and that was successful, so we will stick to it,” concluded Arjuna de Silva.