England captain Joe Root has claimed that the ECB has made the right decision in postponing the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
Chris Silverwood’s side were scheduled to begin their two-match series against Sri Lanka in Galle on Thursday, with the second Test set to start the following Friday.
However, yesterday the ECB released a statement confirming that the series had been postponed and the England side would return home due to the worsening of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.
In the statement, the ECB noted: “At this time, the physical and mental wellbeing of our players and support teams is paramount.”
Speaking ahead of the side’s flight back to England, Root echoed the stance of the ECB and praised them for making the right call.
He said: “There is an element of relief. The right decision has been made.
“You could see looking at the players that their minds were elsewhere thinking about people back home.
“Now that we can go and look after families and be with loved ones that’s put a lot of guys at ease.
“Naturally, there was a lot of talk in the dressing room and it got to a stage where it overshadowed the cricket.”
The Three Lions skipper added: “Looking at how quickly things have happened at home, you’re thinking about family and friends who might be a bit more vulnerable that’s hard when you’re a long way away.
‘It was clear it was getting in the way of performance and affecting the mental well-being of the guys.”
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At this point, it is unclear when the series will be rescheduled, if at all.
Following the statement from the ECB yesterday, Barmy Army managing director Chris Millard noted: “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”.
Looking ahead, England’s next scheduled fixtures are the three-match Test series against West Indies on home turf, which starts in early June.