Sri Lanka have announced their forthcoming Test series against Bangladesh has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes as the Bangladesh Cricket Board notified its Sri Lankan counterparts that “a conducive environment” has not been found to prepare its players for the tour.

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The series was due to get underway next month and was set to comprise three matches counting towards the World Test Championship.

It was also confirmed this week that New Zealand would not travel to Bangladesh for a two-match Test series that would have taken place in August and September over similar fears.

These setbacks present fresh blows to cricket’s hopes of restarting its international calendar following the coronavirus-induced shutdown.

Ten of Pakistan’s squad for their proposed tour of England this August and September, comprising three Tests and three Twenty20 matches, have tested positive for coronavirus.

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