Chief Executive Tony Irish has provided an update from the PCA.

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Professional Cricketers’ Association, Chief Executive, Tony Irish, has released the following statement following the postponement of England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka.

“The PCA supports the decision to postpone England’s tour of Sri Lanka, meaning all players can return home as soon as possible.

“The PCA is part of a special health advisory group set-up by the ECB to deal with the Coronavrius pandemic and we have been fully engaged in this group on this issue in the last 24 hours. In addition, I have had several discussions with Tom Harrison at the ECB and the decision that has now been made is without doubt the right one, and has placed player health and wellbeing at the heart of it.

“The uncertainty and speed at which COVID-19 is developing presents challenges and risks throughout the world. Some of our county teams are currently on tour in other countries and it is essential that the health risk in those countries, not only in relation to exposure to the virus but also to the protocols governing any isolation, are constantly being assessed and the players are being kept informed. Any situation in which players might be prevented from returning home to the UK would be disastrous.

“A number of counties, in exercising their respective duties of care over their teams, have already cancelled or curtailed their tours and we expect that will also happen in relation to the teams who are still on tour.”