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Bangladesh formally call off Test series in Sri Lanka
Series Postponed

Bangladesh formally call off Test series in Sri Lanka

Bangladesh's Test tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials in Colombo confirmed on Wednesday.

Bangladesh were scheduled to play three Tests in the island nation in late July with the matches forming a part of the inaugural World Test Championship.

However, authorities cast doubts over the feasibility of arranging the tour amidst the rapidly deteriorating COVID-19 crisis across South Asia.

Sri Lanka Cricket said that the prospective visitors had decided against travelling owing to "the lack of preparation for its players, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic".

This is the second blow to international assignments in Sri Lanka this month since India formally called off their limited-overs series that was supposed to be held in late June.

Sri Lanka's national cricketers have already resumed training under the supervision of head coach Mickey Arthur as they prepare themselves for future cricketing engagements.

There have been a total of 11 virus deaths in the country while the number of infections is just under 2,000. In light of the relatively less dangerous pattern of the COVID-19 spread, the Sri Lankan government has begun to ease previous lockdown measures.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, is suffering from a significant surge in infections with Mashrafe Mortaza along with two other cricketers recently testing positive for the virus. As a result, New Zealand's Test tour of Bangladesh in August has been postponed.