Due to coronavirus pandemic, sporting activities across the world have come to a halt and India is no exception. The cricket fans in India have been itching to see their team in action for quite some time. But any sporting event in the near future seems a far-fetched reality.
But things might change if the Indian cricket board (BCCI) accepts a proposal sent by the Sri Lankan cricket board for a tour in July end.
On Friday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) drafted a letter to the BCCI saying that they would want to host India for a closed-door tour in July end, given BCCI agrees.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that the tour depends on ‘government directives’ following the relaxations in lockdown.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is open to tour Sri Lanka in July for a three-match ODI and T20I series if it doesn’t compromise the safety of the players. But the situation is not that simple at present.
The Indian players, like all the other international cricketers, have been confined at their homes for over two months due to the coronavirus outbreak. Many players, including Rohit Sharma have said that the cricketers would need a significant amount of time in training to attain the fitness levels required to play a cricket match.
The BCCI might offer relaxations to players to work on outdoor skills camp following the beginning of the fourth nationwide lockdown, under which there may be ease in restrictions regarding outdoor movement. However, even if players return to training, Indian captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma are likely to remain confined at their homes due to poor state of affairs in Mumbai.
The Maharashtra capital is worst-hit with the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Close to one-third of India’s cases have been found in Mumbai so far. Considering all the variables in the present scenario, the Sri Lanka tour remains unlikely with all the restrictions currently in place.