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'India to play 5 ODIs against SL in Feb'

Sri Lanka will play five ODIs against India at home in between two legs of their Pakistan tour, according to a cricket website.

cricket Updated: Jan 04, 2009 02:48 IST

Sri Lanka will play five ODIs against India at home in between two legs of their Pakistan tour, according to a cricket website.

Sri Lanka Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge told 'cricketnirvana' that his team will tour Pakistan in two phases -- one in second half of January and another in late February, in order to accommodate an ODI series against India, most likely in first part of February.

Sri Lanka will first tour Pakistan for five ODIs and a Twenty20 international and then go back to Pakistan in late February to play three Tests.

"We will honour the Pakistan commitment. I have told Duleep Mendis (Sri Lanka Cricket CEO) to look at the option of touring Pakistan first for five ODIs and a Twenty20. The team will fly directly from Bangladesh (after January 16) and then return to Colombo to play a five-match ODI series with India. We will then return to Pakistan for three Tests," Lokuge said though without giving a detailed itinerary.

Pakistan has been anxiously waiting for confirmation of an itinerary after India cancelled their tour following Mumbai terror attacks.

Pakistan was kept waiting as Sri Lanka was also reportedly negotiating an ODI series with India after their tour of Bangladesh which ends on January 16.

The other problem was Pakistan was scheduled to tour Bangladesh for a five-match ODI series from March 3. But now SLC CEO Duleep Mendis has himself spoken to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to postpone the tour by a few days to March 6, according to the website.