England tour of Sri Lanka : It seems England tour of Sri Lanka is jinxed. In wake of surge in Covid-19 cases in UK and new travel restrictions has put a huge question mark on the rescheduled tour in the month of January.
England is scheduled to leave on 2nd January for Sri Lanka but now the travel plans are in complete disarray as most of the countries have decided to restrict any to and from travel from United Kingdom.
According to reports in English media, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will now hold emergency talks with Sri Lanka Cricket this week before they decide whether next month’s Test series can go ahead.
Tour was earlier cancelled in the month of March 2020 and was rescheduled for January 2021. As per the current schedule, England will fly to Hambantota on 2nd Jan, will stay in two week quarantine before the first test in Galle on 14th January.
It has already been decided there will be no media present because of the Covid resurgence.
The Sri Lankan government have employed strict conditions ever since England’s tour was dramatically called off in the middle of a warm-up match in Colombo at the start of the pandemic. As a result, there is nervousness in the country now about letting England in.
South African cricket legend Jacques Kallis join England as batting consultant
In case tour gets cancelled or postponed, it will also delay South Africa legend Jacques Kallis first stint as England’s new batting consultant.
The 45-year-old is third on the all-time list of Test run-scorers with 13,289. He also took 292 wickets.
Kallis has coached Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and worked with the South Africa team, but was not part of the Proteas set-up for England’s recent tour.
England play two Tests in Sri Lanka before going on to tour India.
Kallis will work under head coach Chris Silverwood and alongside assistant coach Paul Collingwood, wicketkeeping consultant James Foster, fielding coach Carl Hopkinson, bowling coach Jon Lewis and spin bowling consultant Jeetan Patel.
Both Tests at this stage are scheduled in Galle, starting on 14 January and 22 January.