England expect Sri Lanka tour to go ahead despite coronavirus concerns

England expect Sri Lanka tour to go ahead despite coronavirus concerns

The tourists still plan to set off for Hambantota on January 2. England are confident next month’s tour of Sri Lanka proceed as intended despite the new coronavirus variant which has been identified in the United Kingdom.

The new strain is said to be 70 per cent more transmissible. But the PA news agency understands the latest talks between the countries’ boards have positive. And England still plan to set off for Hambantota on January 2.

While Sri Lanka government has suspended commercial flights arriving into country from UK. England travelling on privately chartered plane and therefore not subject to ban.

Upon arrival in Sri Lanka, England will go through a quarantine period at Hambantota, although they will be able to train outside before heading for Galle, where the two-Test series will be held, starting on January 14.

Players and staff travelling to Sri Lanka have made aware of their responsibilities over the festive period. But it understood no directives have issued about seeing family on Christmas Day. For those in the tier one, two or three regions.

The Sri Lanka-England series, which part of World Test Championship. Supposed to take place in March this year. But abandoned midway through tourists’ warm-up game in Colombo amid escalating situation surrounding coronavirus pandemic.

England expect Sri Lanka tour to go ahead despite coronavirus concerns.

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