The BCCI on Friday called off the Indian cricket team’s tour of Zimbabwe in August due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, the Indian team’s August tour of Zimbabwe is called off by the BCCI due to the coronavirus threat which hasn’t allowed the Indian players to resume their training. The decision comes a day after Sri Lanka Cricket announced that India’s limited-overs tour in June-July was postponed indefinitely”. The Indian Cricket Team will not travel to Sri Lanka & Zimbabwe due to the current threat of COVID-19”, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
“Team India was originally scheduled to travel to the island nation from 24th June 2020 for three ODIs and as many T20Is and to Zimbabwe for a series comprising three ODIs starting 22nd August 2020,” Shah said.
India has about three lakh coronavirus cases with over 8500 deaths. The Indian team is yet to resume training & the camp is unlikely to take place before July. The players will take around six weeks to be match ready, according to the Indian Support Staff. Jay Shah in the statement emphasized the Board’s stand that it will organize a training camp only when it is termed safe by the government.
“…the BCCI will conduct a camp for its contracted players only when it is completely safe to train outdoors, said Jay Shah.
“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 and several other respective agencies in containing the spread of the coronavirus”, Jay Shah added.
Jay also said that the BCCI is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation in India & will take a call on the resumption of cricketing activities after considering all the government guidelines. “The Office-Bearers have been taking note of advisories issued by the Government of India and the Board is committed to fully comply with the restrictions imposed and guidelines issued. The BCCI will continue to study & monitor the current & changing situation”, Shah added.