England postpones Sri Lanka tour
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England postpones Test series against Sri Lanka amid coronavirus threat

England’s tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed with immediate effect in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

The English cricket team was supposed to begin their Test series next week, but after World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 as a pandemic, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to fly their players and staff back to home.


The ECB stated in this regard and said, “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic worsening globally, and after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, we have today decided to return our players to the UK and postpone the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and England.”

ECB said that their current focus is to make sure that their players are physically as well as mentally perfectly alright.


“At this time, the physical and mental wellbeing 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,” the statement read.

“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 fulfill this important Test series,” ECB’s statement read further.


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