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India Tour of Sri Lanka hangs in balance after staff tests positive for Covid-19

Sri Lankan Cricket board likely to reschedule both series as broadcaster Sony will tackle overlap with the Olympics.

There has been a lot of excitement for the India tour of Sri Lanka as a new-look India will make its return to white-ball cricket for the first time in three months. The last time India visited Sri Lanka for a tour was in 2017. However, fans and organizers will have to wait and see as multiple staff from the Sri Lanka camp have tested positive just as the players were about to enter a bio-secure bubble.

News from several reports has emerged regarding a reschedule of the entire series as both camps put safety ahead of the game. While the situation right now is pointing towards a delay, the likelihood of a complete cancellation cannot be ruled out. 

Sri Lanka Cricket Board was said to make a whopping 89.9 crore INR for hosting the 6 games against India. With the board going through a crisis involving finances, bio-bubble breaches, and player contracts, the news of a potential delay in a series that could solve their financial woes couldn’t have come at a worse time.

The board will try and make sure that the series will take place after signing big sponsors like Unacademy and Coin DCX, as a cancellation would simply be devastating for the board.

Sony has taken over 15 + advertisers for the series. A potential delay will be a big headache for Sony as it will have to tackle broadcasting both the Olympics and the rescheduled series on its linear TV network.

However, the broadcaster and advertisers for both events will take a sigh of relief as Sony’s Digital platform Sony Liv will not face that issue. But a complete cancellation of the series will be a huge blow for everyone involved as they bite their nails awaiting the new schedule for the ODI and T20 series.

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