EXCLUSIVE: India’s bilateral series against Sri Lanka indefinitely postponed

Mithali Raj in action against Sri Lanka. © Twitter

India’s proposed tour to Sri Lanka has been indefinitely postponed, due to the rise in number of cases in Sri Lanka. The two teams were to play five ODIs and three T20Is in early December.

“There is a second wave of COVID 19 in the country,” said a source in the know of things in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) exclusively to Women’s CricZone. A curfew has been imposed in Western Province, because of which SLC is closed from last week.

“We have postponed all the meetings and are working from home. We are working on a proposal to be worked for the rescheduled tour.”

Chamari Atapattu, Sri Lanka’s captain, and Shashikala Siriwardene, who announced her retirement from international cricket earlier this year, are currently playing in the Women’s T20 Challenge in the UAE for Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas.

“While we were very interested to tour Sri Lanka and see our girls play their first bilateral series post COVID, it doesn’t look possible in Sri Lanka because of health issues and growing cases in their country,” said a source close to the BCCI.

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“We are still trying to work with other nations for bilateral series and we are hoping to tour Australia in January. Hope we get some series in December.”

The Indian and Sri Lankan players were expected to fly directly from UAE to Sri Lanka and be under quarantine for 14 days, as is the norm laid down by the Sri Lankan government.

Earlier, India’s tour to England was cancelled in the wake of rise in cases in Asia, post which, it was learnt that they could play West Indies in UAE after the Women’s T20 Challenge.

As things stand now, the Indian players would return home after the competition in Sharjah ends with the final on November 9.

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