India cancels cricket tours of Sri Lanka & Zimbabwe

Sean Ervine. (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Zimbabwe’s batsman Craig Ervine celebrates his century with teammate Sean Williams (L) during the first game in a series of three One Day International (ODI) cricket matches between Zimbabwe and New Zealand at Harare Sports Club on August 2, 2015. Zimbabwe are chasing New Zealand’s innings score of 303 runs for the loss of four wickets. AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

India has called off its cricket tours of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Friday.

India was scheduled to play three ODIs and three Twenty20 matches in Sri Lanka beginning June 24. The tour of Zimbabwe comprised of three ODIs was to start Aug. 22.

“Indian cricket team will not travel to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe owing to the current threat of COVID-19,” secretary BCCI Jay Shah said in a statement.

Shah also said that the cricket board will not rush into conducting a training camp of its contracted players until it’s “completely safe to train outdoors.”

“The BCCI is determined to take steps towards the resumption of international and domestic cricket, but it will not rush into any decision that will jeopardize the efforts put in by the central and state governments and several other respective agencies in containing the spread of the coronavirus,” Shah said.-AP