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India decide against travelling to Zimbabwe for ODI series in August
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India decide against travelling to Zimbabwe for ODI series in August

India have called off their tour of Zimbabwe over coronavirus concerns a day after their limited-overs trip to Sri Lanka was also cancelled.

The BCCI has added that it would not "rush into any decision" about the return of training camps for national players as the number of COVID-19 infections in the country continue to increase at an alarming rate.

India's ODI tour of Zimbabwe was beset by doubts over the feasibility of preparing for the series given the closure of professional training facilities.

"The Indian cricket team will not travel to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe owing to the current threat of COVID-19," the BCCI media release stated.

India was due to travel to Sri Lanka on June 24 for three ODIs and as many T20Is in their first visit to the island nation since the 2017 tour.

The three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe was set to commence on August 22 marking India's first bilateral series against the African country after a gap of four years.

The BCCI is keen on freeing up a plausible window to stage the cash-rich Indian Premier League, that has been indefinitely postponed.

India's next full-fledged tour according to the Future Tours Programme is their money-spinning tour of Australia for three ODIs, four Tests and three T20Is with the T20 World Cup down under as well.

India's government has eased restrictions including opening stadiums during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown but the BCCI is not ready to allow players to resume training.

"The BCCI will conduct a camp for its contracted players only when it is completely safe to train outdoors," said BCCI.

"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."