The two-game trial between England and Sri Lanka, scheduled to start in Galle on March 18, has been postponed amid growing concerns about COVID-19.
The COVID-19 was recently classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization after more and more cases were reported from around the world. Since then, cricket boards have taken various measures to prioritize the well-being of players, fans and other interest groups. After a line of boards moved to play games behind closed doors, England and Sri Lanka decided to postpone the series altogether.
BREAKING: England's two-Test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed due to the current coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/zMKtgK6rRK— ICC (@ICC) March 13, 2020
“Due to the global worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic and after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, we made the decision today to return our players to the UK and to postpone the upcoming series of tests between Sri Lanka and England,” the ECB statement said.
“At this point, the physical and mental well-being of our players and support teams is paramount. We will now try to get them home to their families as soon as possible.”
After the first ODI against South Africa was washed out in Dharamsala, the BCCI announced that the remaining two ODIs would be played behind closed doors, and then announced that the IPL would be postponed to April 15 from the first launch date on March 29 becomes. Cricket Australia has also decided to deny public access to the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand.