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England's tour of Sri Lanka called off over threats of coronavirus pandemic
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England's tour of Sri Lanka called off over threats of coronavirus pandemic

England's tour of Sri Lanka was postponed following a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.

A practice match in Colombo ahead of the Test series was stopped as it was announced that the tour was indefinitely postponed.

"At this time, the physical and mental wellbeing of our players and support teams is paramount," read an official England and Wales Cricket Board statement.

"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 four-day practice game against a Sri Lankan Board President's XI side was ended towards the end of second day’s play. The home side were 150 for 3 in reply to England’s 463, with hundreds for Zak Crawley and Joe Root.

"It is against our nature as a team, we quite like to socialise and interact with fans and take selfies, autographs and stuff. But it means that we can't do that on this trip," Root told reporters on Wednesday.

Before the start of the tour, it was announced that there would be no handshakes between the teams as precautionary measure

Sri Lanka has reported only three coronavirus cases since the start of the crisis which has left more than 4,300 dead all around the globe.