India to travel to Sri Lanka for 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is: Sourav Ganguly
The Indian Premier League 2021 stands suspended, with the players undergoing a crucial rest period now. The focus would shift to international cricket hereon, with Indians set to travel to England. Furthermore, a Sri Lanka tour is also being contemplated.
Cricketing activities in India have come to a halt following the 2021 Indian Premier League's postponement due to multiple COVID bubble breaches. Consequently, it would be some time now before the tournament resumes, as the focus is most likely to shift to the international platform.
India is scheduled to travel to England for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, set to be held in Southampton next month, while the Indian squad for the same has already been announced. Meanwhile, India would also play a five-Test series in England from August.
As a result, it is unlikely the remainder of the IPL would happen before September. In the meantime, Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly has affirmed that it is unlikely to be held in India. Upon being asked if it can be held in England in July, he said that India is scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka during that phase.
"No. India is supposed to go to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and five T20Is. There are lots of organisational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can’t happen in India. This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL," he told Sportstar.
He also confirmed that he would be travelling to England for the WTC final and reckoned that it would be more brutal than in Australia. “It is a good time to be with the family (now) – Dona (his wife), Sana (his daughter), my brother’s family. But I will go to England for the WTC. Get away for a while. It’s going to be a tough series. Tougher than Australia,” he concluded.
The revelation comes as a surprise since India would be stationed in England throughout July, ahead of England Tests in August. However, if the Lanka tour is likely to go ahead, it could be possible that BCCI could decide to send a second-string (A side) team to the island nation for the limited-overs series.
In the past seven series in Lanka across formats, India is unbeaten since 2012. In ODIs, India is ranked third, while Lanka is placed ninth, while in T20Is, India remains second, while Lanka is eighth.
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