India to play Sri Lanka and New Zealand in August
Team India will have their two month break from international cricket cut short as they are now scheduled to play in the triangular tournament with hosts Sri Lanka and New Zealand as the other teams. This triangular tournament will start from the 4th or the 6th of August and will last for around ten days and will be followed by a series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Nishantha Ranatunga, the secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket said, “We came to an agreement in discussions we had with the Indian board president Shashank Manohar and secretary N Srinivasan and New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan.”
Ranatunga also said that the cricket board is awaiting confirmation, post which the itinerary for the series will be released. According to him, the tournament will precede the series against New Zealand and will last for a duration of ten days. Also, since the tri-series was an unscheduled one, there will be fresh tenders issued for its telecast and broadcasting.
It does seem that the BCCI thinks that a break of more than one month means that the team may end up forgetting their batting and bowling skills, thus allowing for another tournament during their supposed two and a half month long break. Wonder how long before the team starts breaking down more regularly than it is now!
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