Days after announcing the revised schedule for the bilateral series between India and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has shared the new match timings for the T20 Internationals and One Day Internationals (ODI) that will be contested between the two teams on the island nation. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had recently confirmed that the twin white-ball series between India and hosts Sri Lanka have been deferred after the COVID-19 outbreak in the camp of the Sri Lankan cricket team.
On Monday, the official social media handle of the Sri Lanka Cricket revealed a change in timings of the matches that will be played between Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India and hosts Sri Lanka. As per the post, the ODI matches of the bilateral series will start at 3:00 PM instead of 2:30 PM. The T20I matches will have a kickoff time of 8:00 PM.
Earlier the T20Is between the two nations were scheduled to get underway at 7:00 PM. The recent development about the ODI and T20I series has come after the bilateral ties between the two teams were postponed in the wake of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Coached by Rahul Dravid, the second-string side led by Dhawan will play three T20Is and as many ODIs with hosts Sri Lanka from July 18.
”’Our medical team is in constant touch with the team of doctors at SLC and together following all safety protocols that will help the series to get underway. We are confident that both nations will put up a spirited show in the days to come and we are in for some exciting cricket,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said after the revised schedule of the twin white-ball series was shared by the apex Indian cricket board.
Dhawan-led Team India will kickstart their tour of Sri Lanka with three-match ODI series from July 18. India will then play the short T20I series from 25th July to 29th July. All matches of the ODI and T20I series will be played at the famous R. Premadasa Stadium.