India tour of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe canceled in light of Covid-19

India has canceled the tour of Zimbabwe, which was going to be held in early August. The Sri Lankan cricket board and the BCCI also announced that the India tour of Sri Lanka would be canceled as the series had to start from 24th June. India was supposed to play three ODIs and three T20Is in Sri Lanka and three more ODIs in Zimbabwe. The International Cricket Board will hold a meeting next week in which the future of cricket post the pandemic will be decided. There have been talks of conducting the Indian Premier League later this year by the BCCI, though they have been silent on it. BCCI is in no rush to push the players on the ground when there is an enormous risk of their safety. 

BCCI has not even started the national camp for its contracted players; reports say the players will begin training in July and take at least six weeks to be match ready. BCCI said that the camp would only be held when it is entirely safe to play in outdoor conditions. “The BCCI is determined to take steps towards the resumption of international and domestic cricket, but it will not rush into any decision that will jeopardize the efforts put in by the Central and State governments and several other agencies in containing the spread of the coronavirus, “said, Jay shah Secretary of the BCCI. This has led BCCI to cancel the Zimbabwe tour on Friday because of the threat posed by the coronavirus. He also said that the BCCI continues to follow the government released guidelines and notifications and will study and evaluate them before making a decision.

Where on the other continent West Indies has arrived in England to play the scheduled 3 Match Test series in the new circumstances where the players will have to spend five days inside the stadium in an onsite hotel, and no player will be allowed to spit on the field. Neither uses saliva to help swing the ball during the test match. They also had to change the venues of the test match to accommodate the payers for five days. Currently, the West Indies players are training in Quarantine in Manchester. ICC will soon release the guidelines for future games.

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