Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday issued a statement stating that the current Indian team which is present in Sri Lanka to play limited-overs series is a “strong squad” & not a second string.
Sri Lanka Cricket issues clarification on the day when former Sri Lanka Captain Arjuna Ranatunga criticized SLC for letting India send their ‘second-string’ team while the main team stayed back in England to play the Test series which will begin in August.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that despite claims by various parties as reported in the media, the national white-ball team of India which is currently touring Sri Lanka is a strong squad. Out of the 20 players squad, 14 players have represented India across all formats or in some form (Test, T20I or ODI) & it is not a ‘second-string team as claimed”, said SLC in an Official statement.
“It also should be mentioned that this tour is taking place, whilst the national test team of India is touring England to play a 5 match test series against England. This is the latest norm in the cricketing world, especially the full ICC member countries as they maintain specialist squads & players for each format of the game”, it added.
Earlier former Sri Lanka captain Ranatunga had criticized the SLC for choosing to host the second-string of the Indian squad. “This is a second-string Indian team & their coming here is an insult on our cricket board. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them due to television marketing needs. India sent their best team to England & sent a weaker team to play here. I blame our board for that”, Ranatunga told reporters.
The first ODI match between India & Sri Lanka will be played on July 13. The Indian team was in hard quarantine for three days on arriving in Colombo & the squad has completed its mandatory quarantine on Thursday & trained for the first time on Friday in Colombo.
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