England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday confirmed that the team will fly to Sri Lanka starting mid-January 2021. England team had returned from South Africa after cancelling the ODI series due to the outbreak of COVID-19 cases under the bubble.
This week saw UK reporting a new wave of coronavirus hitting the country on what seemed to be a new mutation of COVID-19.
The entire team is due to fly Sri Lanka on January 3 on a chartered plane after taking a proper coronavirus test before their departure. After their arrival in the island nation, the visitors will serve a mandatory 10-day quarantine under the bio-bubble.
Sri Lanka Cricket also confirmed that the visiting side’s board is satisfactory with all the arrangements done for the series. ECB also confirmed the players part of the ODI series against South Africa and returned will not have to follow the COVID-19 regulations. They clarified that the players have already been complying with the protocols going into Sri Lanka series.
“Both are contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa over the past few weeks,” UK health secretary, Matt Hancock said.
“We are incredibly grateful to the South African government for the rigour of their science and the openness and the transparency with which they have rightly acted as we did when we discovered a new variant here,” he added.
The first Test between England and Sri Lanka is slated to begin January 14 at Galle International stadium, followed by the second Test from January 22.