India yet to confirm Lanka schedule

IndiaThe Indian cricket team will play the first of the three-Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle from August 12 to 16 according to a media release issued by the hosts broadcasters Sony Six.

Although BCCI is yet to confirm the itinerary, the media release issued by Sony Six states that the second Test match will be played at the Colombo Oval from August 20 to 24 while the final Test match of the series will be played in Pallekele from August 28 to September 1. Meanwhile, the BCCI is planning to advance the tour.

“At present the tour is due to start around August 11 but we want it to be advanced by a week as the team would have returned from Zimbabwe by July 20. We are working out the modalities and the programme will be out in 2-3 days. We are keen that the team return from Lanka by September 2 or so, so that they have a complete break of one month before the home series against South Africa in October-November,” a BCCI source said.

September, however, could see the alternative tournament to the T20 Champions League, as planned by BCCI, taking place but no details have emerged thus far on this front.

The Test series would be India’s first in Sri Lanka after five years. India drew 1-1 in the previous rubber between the two teams held in the Emerald Isle in August, 2010.

After returning home from Lanka, India await South Africa for a full series of Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

South Africa will play four Test matches (Ahmedabad, Delhi, Nagpur and Bengaluru), five one-day internationals (Chennai, Kanpur, MP, Rajkot and Mumbai) and three T20s (Kolkata, Mohali, Dharamshala).

Reports have emerged quoting a top official of the Gujarat Cricket Association that Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium would not be available to host the Test match as it is to be revamped totally. (Courtesy Asian Age)