India’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka will see them playing three ODIs and as many T20Is in July with all the matches to be played in Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium behind closed doors. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had last week revealed that white-ball specialists will be touring the island nation for a limited-overs tour while the Indian Test team will be in UK.
“Keeping in mind the safety of the bubble, we plan to host the entire series at one venue. Accordingly, it has been decided that the Premadasa Stadium will host the fixtures. Obviously, it depends on how the situation is around that time” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.
As part of the tour, the Indian cricketers will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine period of seven days.
“We will stick to the protocol where the players will have to undergo hard quarantine for the first three days and in the next four days, they will be allowed to train,” the top SLC official added.
India will be touring Sri Lanka for the first time in three years. According to the proposed itinerary from Sri Lanka Cricket, three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16 and 19, followed by T20Is on July 22, 24 and 27.
With Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul and a few others likely to miss out because they will be in preparation for the England Tests, the selectors are likely to pick from an abundant IPL talent pool that has been honed through the India A programmes under Rahul Dravid.
Sri Lanka successfully hosted international teams including England and Bangladesh once cricket resumed amidst the coronavirus pandemic. De Silva is confident they will pull off the India tour as well.