England’s upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed due to the worsening of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

The two-match series was scheduled to begin in Galle next Thursday, with the second Test taking place in Colombo the following Friday.

Earlier in the week, precautionary health measures were announced ahead of the series but the decision has now been made to postpone the series.

The ECB released a statement this morning confirming that the series would be postponed and the England players would return to the UK.

The statement notes: “At this time, the physical and mental wellbeing of our players and support teams is paramount.

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“We will now look to bring them home to their families as soon as possible. These are completely unprecedented times, and decisions like this go beyond cricket.

“We would like to thank our colleagues at Sri Lanka Cricket for their outstanding support and assistance throughout this situation. We look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”

When the series will be postponed to, or whether it will happen at all, remains unknown at this point.

Following the ECB’s decision, Barmy Army managing director Chris Millard stated: “We are extremely disappointed that the tour has been called off but we are not surprised by the decision.

“The question will now be how do the thousands of travelling fans recoup all of their money spent on this tour?

“We will endeavour to update fans as soon as we get any more relevant information”.

England’s next scheduled fixtures are the three-match Test series with West Indies on home turf in June.

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