England & Sri Lanka both will face each other in a two match Test series which is scheduled to start from January 14 next year ECB has confirmed it on Wednesday.
The England series against Sri Lanka was postponed in March this year due to coronavirus & the rearranged tour will be held behind the closed doors in Galle. The first Test match will start on January 14 while the second Test match will be played from January 22 to 26.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket have agreed to biosecurity and travel plans for what is a rearranged tour following the postponement in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” ECB said in an official statement.
England is scheduled to depart on a chartered flight on January 2 & will be in Quarantine in Hambantota. During their Quarantine period they will be able to train & prepare for five days from January 5-9 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.
The two match Test series is a part of the ICC World Test Championship. This will be England’s second last series in the inaugural tournament & will hope to conclude their campaign against India in February which is subjected to confirmation of the India tour schedule.
However this week, the three match ODI series between England & South Africa was postponed after some COVID-19 cases were reported. A South African player tested positive for coronavirus before the first ODI against England on December 4, two members of the hotel staff also tested positive on December 6 & due to increasing cases of coronavirus the postponed opening ODI match had to be cancelled.
On the same day, ECB said that there were two members of England’s touring squad who returned with unconfirmed positive COVID results. As a result, a day later, the ODI series was called off. However it was later confirmed that the two players of England’s touring squad were not diagnosed with coronavirus.