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India-Lanka ODI series cancelled

The decision to this effect comes after the first two games were rained off.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2006 19:08 IST
Agency France Presse
Agency France Presse

The one-day cricket series between India and Sri Lanka has been cancelled after the first two of three scheduled games were rained off, a Sri Lankan official said on Sunday.

"There is no point going on with the series because the weather is showing no signs of improving," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity before an official announcement.

"The series will be rescheduled at a later date after consultations between the two countries."

The three-match series was hurriedly organised in lieu of the tri-series, which was cancelled last week. South Africa pulled out due to security fears following a deadly bomb attack near their hotel on August 10.

The first one-dayer saw only 16 minutes of play despite being spread over two days on Friday and Saturday.

The second game on Sunday was abandoned without a ball being bowled as heavy rain continued to lash the Sri Lankan capital throughout the day. The third and final match was to be played on Tuesday.

"There is unlikely to be any play for some time due to the weather," said Indian coach Greg Chappell. "It was quite disappointing to be here and not playing any cricket."

The Indian team had played just one practice match since their arrival 10 days ago. A receding two-Test series between Sri Lanka and South Africa was held in sunny conditions with the hosts winning both matches.

Bad weather hit Colombo just as the Indians landed on August 10.

First Published: Aug 20, 2006 09:00 IST