As a result of West Indies calling off their Indian tour, it has been understood that Sri Lanka will replace West Indies and play a short seies in India. SLC chief Nishantha Ranatunga confirms that Sri Lanka have ‘in principle’ accepted India’s invitation to play five ODIs.
“Initially India wanted us to play a T20 international as well but we decided that with the World Cup only a few months away playing five ODIs would be beneficial to both teams,” he said. If everything goes well, the tour will begin next week and it will be preparatory series for both the teams who have their task cut out ahead of the 2015 World Cup. He said the decision to accept India’s invitation was taken after consultation with the Sri Lankan coaching staff and the national selectors. It will be Sri Lanka’s first tour to India in almost five years.
West Indies have called of their Indian tour due to the ongoing payment structure dispute between the WICB and WIPA and will not play the remaining 1 ODI, 1 T20I & 3 Tests against India. The BCCI officials are waiting for the official confirmation from the Sri Lankan Cricket Board and is expected to release the schedule of the tour by the end of the week.