England Test series in Sri Lanka postponed after outbreak

Dave Kuzio:

England's two-Test series in Sri Lanka has been cancelled following the recent outbreak.

The COVID-19 outbreak has taken another sporting casualty in the form of Test cricket, following the decision to suspend the NBA season, the cancelation of the Australian Grand Prix this weekend and the decision to postpone all the games in the Champions League and Europa League next week.

England will not be taking on Sri Lanka in their two-Test series as a precautionary measure following the outbreak that has caused havoc in the sporting world.

The first Test was set to start on Thursday, March 19 in Galle with the second Test scheduled for March 27 in Colombo.

This decision has been reached following lengthy talks between the ECB and the Sri Lankan and British High Commissions.

An ECB statement read: “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic worsening globally, and after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, we have today made the decision to return our players to the UK and postpone the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and England.

“At this time, the physical and mental well-being of our players and support teams is paramount. We will now look to bring them home to their families as soon as possible. These are completely unprecedented times, and decisions like this go beyond cricket.

“We would like to thank our colleagues at Sri Lanka Cricket for their outstanding support and assistance throughout this situation. We look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”