Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced they will host India and Bangladesh in a three-nation one-day international tournament in March 2018 as part of their 70th Independence celebrations.
The news was announced by SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipalas during a media briefing at P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Wednesday (March 15). BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and BCB President Nazmul Hassan also attended the media briefing.
The tri-series, that will be played from 15th March to 31st will be played for Nidhas Trophy.
“We celebrate the 70th year of our independence next year and SLC also completes 70 years in 2018. We are happy that both BCCI and BCB have confirmed their participation for the tri-nation series,” Sumathipala told journalists.
The SLC chief further said that the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinhe had first suggested to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to send the Indian team to Colombo as part of the country’s independence celebrations and then the matter had been discussed at board levels.
“We are keen to invite the Indian and Bangladesh Prime Minister as well for the finals of this event,” Sumathipala added.
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka conducted cricket tournaments to celebrate their 50th independence anniversary as well in 1997 and 1998.
“SLC President said that how the Sri Lankan team won the Indian independence Cup in 1997 and we are waiting to return the favour,” Johri told journalists.
“On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to mention that we are proud to be part of this event,” the BCCI CEO added.
Meanwhile, the tournament will involve six first-round games where each team will play against each other twice and the top two teams will qualify for the finals.