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Corona kills the England Test series

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ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka – England Test series will not go ahead as the England Cricket Board has decided to bring the players home, because of the COVID 19 virus the ECB said in a statement Friday.

“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” the statement said.

There is yet no corresponding statement from Sri Lanka Cricket.

The decision to call off the tour came while England in the middle of their final four-day warm-up game.

The two-Test series was to begin next Thursday at the Galle International stadium.

The ECB statement said “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.”

“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” it added. (Colombo, March 13 2020)

-Arjuna Ranawana

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