India tour of Sri Lanka: BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal says, “Ind vs SL series will help SLC overcome financial struggle”

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Indi vs SL series: Sri Lanka series will help SCL financially, says Arun Dhumal (Source: TOI)

India tour of Sri Lanka, Ind vs SL Series: With the majority of top Indian players travelling to UK for the World Test Championship against New Zealand, followed by five-Test series against England, BCCI is preparing a Team India B for the bilateral limited-overs series to Sri Lanka in July. BCCI Treasurer, Arun Dhumal believes the Sri Lanka series is important for Cricket Sri Lanka as it would give them hope in times of financial crunches.

See as you know the cricket world is under tremendous pressure for the last one-and-a-half year given this COVID pandemic, a lot of FTP has been cancelled which has put a lot of strains on these associations all over the world. Until and unless you do these tours, we can’t make up, and it would be very difficult for all these boards to come out of the financial struggle that they are going through,” Dhumal was quoted as saying during a chat with Sportskeeda.

India tour of Sri Lanka, Ind vs SL Series: Dhumal explained that India was originally scheduled to tour Sri Lanka last year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the limited-overs series was deferred.

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Keeping this in mind, the BCCI decided to make up for the series that was supposed to be held last year by holding it in July. While, one Indian team led by Virat Kohli will be busy fulfilling its red-ball cricket commitments in England, the other would play white-ball cricket in the Sri Lankan subcontinent.

We had to miss the Sri Lanka tour last year also. So, we need to work out on that and since our team that is going to England is primarily for Tests, we could have made up a team for these white-ball matches. So, that is why we thought we should do our bit to make sure Sri Lankan board and we can play white-ball cricket in time,” Arun Dhumal added.

India tour of Sri Lanka, IND vs SL Series: Full Schedule

1st ODI – July 13- 1:30 PM
2nd ODI – July 16- 1:30 PM
3rd ODI – July 19- 1:30 PM

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1st T20I – July 22- 7:00 PM
2nd T20I – July 24- 7:00 PM
3rd T20I – July 27- 7:00 PM

IND vs SL Test Series: Squads

Sri Lanka tour India squad: India probable squad vs Sri Lanka- Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Tewatia are some of the players who will be in the mix.