March 2020, the two-match Test series was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of the announcement, England were mid-way through a four-day match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI team, which was ended abruptly. On 1 May 2020, Sri Lanka Cricket announced that the tour would be rescheduled to be played in January 2021, although the ECB did not confirm the fixtures at the time.
In July 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed it was their priority to reschedule the matches, along with the five other World Test Championship series that had been postponed due to the pandemic. In October 2020, Sri Lanka’s head coach Mickey Arthur said he was “really positive” that the rescheduled tour would go ahead. In November 2020, Sri Lanka Cricket’s CEO Ashley de Silva announced the dates for the tour, subject to agreement by both cricket boards. In December 2020, the ECB confirmed that the tour would go ahead as planned in January.
In December 2020, a new strain of the COVID virus was discovered, prompting concern from Sri Lanka Cricket’s medical staff regarding the tour. Despite a travel ban from Britain due to the new variant, the England cricket team were given permission to fly to Sri Lanka. On 3 January 2021, the England cricket team arrived at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.
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