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Broad lauds ECB’s decision to postpone Sri Lanka series


England right-arm fast bowler Stuart Broad praised and thanked England Cricket Board for taking England squad back home from the planned Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka-England Test series called off

The coronavirus has turned out to be the biggest threat all around the world. Due to the virus threat, many major international cricket tournaments are postponed and canceled. England’s proposed Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is also postponed and English players were taken back home from Sri Lanka.

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England were playing their second warm-up game of the tour and as an immediate decision, Joe Root and co left Sri Lanka immediately. England fast bowler Stuart Broad wrote an emotional write-up regarding the things happened in Sri Lanka. The fast bowler thanked England Cricket Board for making such a decision in a quick span of time.

“The atmosphere has been quite different in Sri Lanka because there have not been as many cases of coronavirus, so although as a squad we have instigated social spacing, and have been very careful, we have not witnessed any of the changes in daily life that have perhaps occurred here. Not felt any of the hustle and bustle,” wrote Broad.

“The mood changed within the past three or four days, though, with the spread seemingly gathering pace and sporting events increasingly coming under threat. Naturally, during this time, a lot of questions started being asked. There were a lot of ‘what ifs’ from the players’ point of view.

What would happen if one of us got it? The whole squad would have to go into 14-day quarantine. What would happen if a family member fell ill at home, and we had been in quarantine overseas? That would have meant no way of getting back to them. What would happen if one of our supporters got it and it then started spreading through the rest of the fans? There were an estimated 3,000 set to travel,” added Broad.

“They made a very tough but necessary decision and credit to them for putting the players and the fans first. It can’t have been easy, with all the financial aspects of a tour like this, and ultimately we want to be playing cricket for England so we were sad to be leaving. Despite the disappointment, though, the right decision has been made and we all look forward to coming back and completing this series at some stage,” Broad wrote.

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