There will be more India-Sri Lanka cricketing action later this year if reports are to be believed. According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, Sri Lanka are scheduled to play India for a three Test, five ODIs and a T20 international in November and December. Prior to that, India are scheduled to tour South Africa in December and this away series could be reduced should the Sri Lanka series be confirmed.
The schedule of the tour to South Africa has not been officially released yet but looks like it may clash with Sri Lanka tour of India or it will begin only in January.
According to the report, a BCCI official confirmed the development but could not clarify when the South Africa tour will begin. The report said, “Cricket South Africa wanted to host India for a Boxing Day Test beginning on December 26, but the BCCI is understood to have been reluctant.”
“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 Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva said. “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.”
India are currently in Sri Lanka for a full tour that includes three Tests, five one-day internationals and a T20 international. After the tour, Sri Lanka will play Pakistan for two Tests, five ODIs and three T20 internationals in UAE in September and October, before the India tour in November and December.