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Sri Lanka Hope to Restart Cricket With India, Bangladesh Home Series in July

India were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series in June but everything is currently on hold due to the coronavirus crisis in both countries.

Cricket could return to Sri Lanka as soon as July with a high-profile series against India if all goes according to plan. The Sri Lankan Cricket board confirmed that it has “inquired” with its Indian counterpart regarding a limited-over series.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has chalked out plans to host India and Bangladesh in the next two months.

“We have made inquiries from both the India and Bangladesh boards and are awaiting a response from them. As of now, those series haven’t been postponed,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told ESPNcricinfo.

The Lankans were scheduled to host India for a series of 3 ODIs and 3 T20 internationals in June followed by a three-Test series against Bangladesh as part of the World Test Championship.

But both series are currently on hold as the world continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Firstly, the travel restrictions imposed by the three concerned will have to be removed or eased before cricketers from India and Bangladesh are allowed to land in Sri Lanka. Flight operations in India continue to remain suspended even as the lockdown here was extended to May 31 on Sunday.

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also imposed strict lockdown rules in their respective countries.

“We have to look at traveling restrictions in Bangladesh, and the quarantine protocols in both countries. We are in discussion [with the SLC], so all the factors will come into play. We have to be mindful of the players’ readiness, too, but that’s going to happen. The players will get back to training, but we have to figure out other details about this tour,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted by ESPNcricinfo.