BCCI secretary Mr. Jay Shah has officially announced that the limited over series between India- Sri Lanka ODI series to start from July 18th, 2021.
India-Sri Lanka ODI series to start on July 18 due to COVID-19 outbreak in home team camp: BCCI secretary Jay Shah
The series was supposed to start on July 13th, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Sri Lankan camp, series dates had to be rescheduled. Their batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst G T Niroshan tested positive for the dreaded virus on their return from the UK tour.
Earlier it was rumored that the series will start from July 17th – but Shah has confirmed that it will start from July 18th.
He has officially released a press note stating – ” India-Sri Lanka ODI series to start on July 18 due to COVID-19 outbreak in-home team camp, “We understand that circumstances are extraordinary, but the BCCI would like to extend its full support to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) during these tough times for the smooth conduct of the upcoming series,”
The three ODI matches will now be played on July 18th, 19th, and 23rd at the Premadasa Stadium followed by the T20I’s which will be starting from July 25th, and the other 2 games are set to be played on July 27th and 29th respectively at the same venue.
Shah has also added – “Our medical team is in constant touch with the team of doctors at SLC and together following all safety protocols that will help the series to get underway. We are confident that both nations will put up a spirited show in the days to come and we are in for some exciting cricket,”
Even Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Ashley De Silva has said – “We are grateful to the BCCI for understanding the situation and agreeing to cooperate with us at this moment of time, as it has done on numerous occasions, during our long-standing relationship.”