Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday announced revised timings for the limited-overs series against India. As per the revised timings, the IND vs. SL fixtures will now start from 3 p & 8 pm instead of 1.30 pm & 7.30 pm.
Earlier on Saturday, the BCCI & SLC confirmed that the series has been postponed & it will now kick start from July 18. The series has been rescheduled due to rising COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka’s bio-bubble. The batting coach Grant Flower & data Analyst had tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from their England tour. The entire England squad had to be quarantined for seven days. However, on Sunday, the Sri Lanka cricketers came out of the mandatory quarantine after returning negative in the latest RT-PCR Tests.
As per the newly revised itinerary, the ODI series will now commence from 18 July, 3 pm onwards whereas the T20I series will begin from 25 July, 8 pm onwards. All the matches will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Network channels and live-streamed on the SonyLIV app OTT platform.
“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,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said.
While Sri Lanka cricketers have completed their quarantine period & can start their outdoor training from Tuesday onwards, the touring India squad has kickstarted their training sessions & has also played two intra-squad practice matches in Colombo.
“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,” Ashley de Silva, SLC CEO, said.
IND vs SL ODI Series Revised Schedule:
|S.No.||Date & Time||Match||Venue|
|1||18th July, 3 pm||1st ODI||Colombo|
|2||20th July, 3 pm||2nd ODI||Colombo|
|3||23rd July, 3 pm||3rd ODI||Colombo|
IND vs SL T20I Series Revised Schedule
|1||25th July, 8 pm||1st T20I||Colombo|
|2||27th July, 8 pm||2nd T20I||Colombo|
|3||29th July, 8 pm||3rd T20I||Colombo|