Despite flights from United Kingdom being suspended, the England cricket team will be allowed to fly to Sri lanka for the series starting January 14.

World Champions are set to arrive in Sri Lanka on January 3 for two Tests.

Ashley De Silva, chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that the team will travel to Sri Lanka on a chartered flight and visitors would have to serve a 10-day quarantine period after arrival.

Our doctors have been talking to the England team’s doctors and they are quite satisfied with the arrangements,” de Silva said. “Both teams are looking forward to the series.”

“I don’t think we should look at the new strain as something that jeopardises the tour,” said Dr Daminda Attanayake, the Sri Lankan team’s physician, in response to the UK mutation of the virus. “Yes, anxiety is high at this stage from everybody. But when you look at the scientific evidence, I don’t think we should stop it. We might have to take extra precautions, but we don’t need to stop the tour.”

This series is a part of World Test Championship and was due to be played in March 2020 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

The story was filed by the News Desk. The Desk can be reached at


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