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Sri Lanka to tour India in November, confusion surrounds South Africa series

India are expected to tour South Africa in December, whereas host Sri Lanka for a full series around the same time.

cricket Updated: Jul 29, 2017 22:30 IST
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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the fourth day's play of the first test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Galle.(AP)

Apart from the ongoing series in the island nation which consists of three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 International, India and Sri Lanka will meet again towards the end of the year 2017 for same number of matches in November-December, with the former being the hosts.

While India are expected to travel to South Africa in December with Cricket South Africa (CSA) expecting to organise a Boxing Day Test, Sri Lanka’s trip to India is likely to have an impact.

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The itineraries for both — South Africa versus India and India versus Sri Lanka — are not yet announced, reported ESPNCricinfo.

It has also been reported that BCCI has been reluctant in confirming Indian team’s availability for the Boxing Day Test, but there will be clarity over the matter once the schedule is announced this week. Apart from India, Australia will be the second team touring South Africa for a four-Test series.

The ongoing series between India and Sri Lanka — their first full series in eight years — ends September 6 following which the island nation’s team will travel to the UAE to play against Pakistan.

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Sri Lanka and Pakistan are slated to play two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is in September-October 2017, after which the Sri Lankans are expected to head to India for a full series in November-December.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva said, “The Sri Lanka tour to India has been brought forward from February next year because we are hosting the tri-nation Independence Cup during that period.”

“Sri Lanka was due to tour India from February end to the first week of April next year and the dates would have clashed with the Independence Cup. That’s why we requested the Indian board for a change to bring the tour forward and they have agreed. The dates for the Pakistan series and the Indian tour are currently being worked out,” he added.

First Published: Jul 29, 2017 12:08 IST