After three months of no fixtures or events due to the COVID-19 lock down, cricket fans of the country finally rejoiced with the news of India’s tour of Australia, and the talks about hosting IPL, both in late 2020. However, Kohli and co’s trip to Zimbabwe, which was supposed to take place in August, in addition to the series against Sri Lanka later this month, have all been called off, as the threat from the novel Coronavirus is still persistent.
Through an official announcement on Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the cancellation of the three match One Day International series against Zimbabwe, which was supposed to start from 22nd August, as the African country is still in the battle against COVID-19.
Even before the series against The Chevrons, India were scheduled to fly to Sri Lanka for a three match ODI and three match T20 series, starting from 24th June and continuing onto July. However, regarding the situation in India, and cricketers still nable to even resume training, BCCI decided to drop the face-off against the Lions, as the verdict was sent forth to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
“It is not possible to go ahead with the tour in June-July and we have conveyed it to the Sri Lankan board (SLC),” Arun Dhumal, BCCI treasurer spoke to PTI.
Although, Dhumal hinted that both cricket borads are making an effort to make the series happen later this year.
“However, we remain committed to the series,” Dhumal added.
Following the official statement from BCCI, SLC went ahead with their confirmation via a media release.
“The BCCI informed Sri Lanka Cricket that due to the prevailing circumstances revolving around Covid-19 pandemic, the cricket series, which included three ODIs and three T20I matches will not be feasible,” SLC acknowledged.
It has been four years since India and Zimbabwe faced each other in a series, since the three match ODI series all the way back in June 2016, where the Men in Blue swept a clean 3-0 win.
India’s last ODI face off against the Lions was all the way back in December 2017, where the Men in Blue secured a 2-1 victory. Their last T20 series was in January 2020, when India won it 2-0.