While the key players will be playing World Trials Championship Final and the test series against England, an alternate team will play a bilateral limited series against Sri Lanka in July. For this series, BCCI is gearing up to give the white ball specialists much-needed playing time.
BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal believes this series will help Sri Lanka Cricket cope with financial losses due to the pandemic. While speaking with Sportskeeda, Dhumal insisted that the pandemic has created many problems for various cricket associations around the world. Dhumal explained that the series was originally supposed to take place last year, but due to the pandemic, it was unexpectedly stopped.
“As you know, the cricket world is under tremendous pressure for the last year and a half due to this COVID pandemic, a large amount of FTP has been canceled, which has put a lot of pressure on these associations around the world. Until and unless you do these tours, we cannot recover, and it would be very difficult for all these meetings to get out of the financial struggle that they are going through. “
BCCI decided to resume the series that was supposed to start in July of last year. A team led by Virat Kohli would be in England to play a series of two tests, while the other team is expected to play white ball cricket against Sri Lanka.
Some of the big names of the India team like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah would not play against Sri Lanka as they are part of the test team for both the series against New Zealand and against England. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had also mentioned that this series would only feature white ball specialists. Shikhar Dhawan is reportedly the favorite to lead this team.
The series against Sri Lanka would have 6 games in total, three ODI and three T-20I. The ODI segment will be on July 13, 16 and 19, while the T-20 game will be played on July 22, 24, 27. All matches will be played in Columbo, Sri Lanka according to the Sri Lanka cricket announcement. . India hopes to have a good image of the final team for the T-20 World Cup during the T-20 series against Sri Lanka.