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England players allowed to fly to Sri Lanka despite UK travel ban, says SLC chief executive

England are due to arrive in Sri Lanka on 3 January for two Tests— played without spectators— in Galle starting on 14 January.

England players allowed to fly to Sri Lanka despite UK travel ban, says SLC chief executive

File image of Joe Root and Co. AFP

Colombo: The England team will be allowed to fly to Sri Lanka despite flights from Britain being suspended because of a new coronavirus strain, the island's cricket authorities said Wednesday.

File image of Joe Root and Co. AFP

File image of Joe Root and Co. AFP

England are due to arrive in Sri Lanka on 3 January for two Tests— played without spectators—  in Galle starting on 14 January.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva told AFP the visitors would be tested for coronavirus before departure and on arrival, and would also have to undergo quarantine for 10-days in a "bio-secure bubble".

The team would travel to Sri Lanka on a chartered flight, he said.

"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 tournament."

Sri Lankan civil aviation authorities suspended all direct flights from Britain on Tuesday. Anyone who had visited Britain in the previous two weeks were also barred from entry.

Sri Lanka has seen a recent spike in coronavirus cases, but has still officially recorded a relatively low 38,000 cases with 183 deaths.

Updated Date: December 23, 2020 17:17:35 IST

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