The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Saturday announced revised dates for India’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, 2021.
The tour comprising 3 ODIs and as many T20Is will now start from July 18th, 2021.
The decision to revise the itinerary was taken on the basis of health advisory after the Sri Lankan contingent detected two COVID positive cases. The series was scheduled to begin on July 13 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo. However, now the first ODI will be played on July 18. The second and third ODI will take place on 20th and 23rd July respectively. While the first T20I will be played on July 25.
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, said: “We understand that circumstances are extraordinary, but the BCCI would like to extend its full support to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) during these tough times for the smooth conduct of the upcoming series. 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.”
Ashley de Silva, SLC CEO, said: “We are grateful to the BCCI for understanding the situation and agreeing to cooperate with us at this moment of time, as it has done on numerous occasions, during our long-standing relationship.”