The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday confirmed that the Indian outfit will visit Sri Lanka this season for the three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and five Twenty-20 Internationals (T20Is). However, there is no clarity on the exact window for the limited-overs tour.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had earlier planned the upcoming visits for all the cricket playing countries under ICC’s Future Tours Programme (FTPs) according to which India will play three T20Is against Sri Lanka in June. India was also scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is the last June against Sri Lanka, but the visit was cancelled due to the pandemic.
It will be stressful work for the BCCI to field a squad in Sri Lanka amid the restrictions and covid protocols. Earlier on Friday, A 20-men strong outfit was named by the BCCI for the final of ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand, starting June 18. India will most likely play intra-squad matches post the final against New Zealand after that leading up to a five games Test series against England, starting August 4.
Sourav Ganguly clearly denied all the speculations regarding the remainder of the IPL season 14 to be held in England on either side of India’s test series in the United Kingdom.
In an interview by Sportstar Ganguly said, “No (to all the rumours claiming the remainder of the IPL 2021 to be held in England). India is supposed to go to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and five T20Is. There are lots of organisational hazards like 14-day quarantine.”
“IPL can’t be organised in India either. This quarantine is tough to handle. It’s too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL.”
England (Warwickshire, Surrey and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)) along with Sri Lanka and UAE have reportedly showed their interests in hosting the remainder of the Vivo IPL 2021.
After the wrap of the England-India Test series on 14th September, India has a small window before the ICC T20 World Cup. The ICC event will begin somewhere in mid-October. Looking at the current situation of India, fighting hard with the second wave of the global pandemic, it is almost certain that the ICC T20 World Cup will have to be shifted elsewhere.
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