REAL BUSY YEAR END

In­dia to host Sri Lanka in ad­di­tion to Australia and New Zealand

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IN­DIA will host Sri Lanka for a full se­ries later this year, with the cricket board adding nearly two dozen matches to the tail-end of a packed home sched­ule for Vi­rat Kohli’s team.

In­dia will now host Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka backto-back at venues across the coun­try between Septem­ber-De­cem­ber.

Australia, who went down 2-1 to hosts In­dia in the Test se­ries ear­lier this year, will re­turn for five one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and three Twenty20 matches.

In­dia will then wel­come New Zealand for three ODIs and three T20 matches, fol­lowed by Sri Lanka for a re­turn se­ries with three Tests, three ODIs and three T20s.

In­dia are cur­rently tour­ing Sri Lanka. The two sides meet to­day for the sec­ond of three Tests af­ter the hosts were thrashed in the first, and they then play five ODIs and one T20.

Sri Lanka had pre­vi­ously been ex­pected to tour In­dia next March. But the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) ad­justed the sched­ule be­cause the is­land is host­ing the In­de­pen­dence Cup over that pe­riod.

“Sri Lanka has al­ways co-op­er­ated with In­dia and there­fore In­dia will be mak­ing a re­cip­ro­cal short visit only to play the In­de­pen­dence Cup,” BCCI act­ing sec­re­tary Amitabh Choud­hary told re­porters on Tues­day.

“An­other rea­son be­ing there are six pro­posed ex­change of tours between In­dia and Pak­istan which did not hap­pen, so those spa­ces had to be ad­justed.”

In­dia are slated to tour South Africa for a full se­ries af­ter com­plet­ing their matches against Sri Lanka. SCHED­ULE:

Australia: 5 ODIs in Chen­nai, Ban­ga­lore, Nagpur, In­dore, Kolkata; 3 T20Is in Hy­der­abad, Ranchi, Guwa­hati

New Zealand: 3 ODIs in Pune, Mumbai, Kan­pur; 3 T20Is in Delhi, Cut­tack, Ra­jkot

Sri Lanka: 3 Tests in Kolkata, Nagpur, Delhi; 3 ODIs in Dharam­sala, Mo­hali, Vizag; 3 T20Is in Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram, In­dore, Mumbai. AFP

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