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India await travel updates before making a decision over Sri Lanka tour

Virat Kohli's team are scheduled to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals in Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli, centre, and his India team are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July. Reuters
Virat Kohli, centre, and his India team are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July. Reuters

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are holding off making a decision over whether to go ahead with July's tour of Sri Lanka until more clarity is given over international travel restrictions.

Virat Kohli's team are scheduled to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals in Sri Lanka, but the series is under threat due to measures imposed to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Nothing has been decided as yet, because we are not sure what would be the travel restrictions then," BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told Reuters.

"There is no clarity about it. So we'll wait for that and accordingly take a call."

India has extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 while all commercial flights in and out of Sri Lanka remain suspended at least until the end of the month.

Bangladesh are being similarly cautious for their three-Test series in Sri Lanka in July and August.

"We have to look at travelling restrictions in Bangladesh, and the quarantine protocols in both countries," Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo.

"We have to be mindful of the players' readiness ... we have to figure out other details about this tour."

Sri Lanka have already had to postpone home series against England and South Africa because of the global health crisis.

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