The players of England arrived in Sri Lanka in order to resume a Test tour cancelled in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials hope will be a “massive boost” for match-starved cricket fans.
A charter flight of British Airways carrying the cricketers and support staff landed in Mattala, in the south of the Indian Ocean island, where they underwent COVID-19 tests.
The English team had the small airport to themselves as Sri Lanka has closed its airspace to scheduled commercial airlines.
Only a handful of repatriation flights and charters are allowed into Sri Lanka since May under stern health controls.
Joe Root told a small group of cameramen allowed into the terminal for their arrival that “We are very excited about the Galle Tests,”
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