Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issued a confirmed statement, officially pushing forward the dates further of white-ball series against India, after two members of the hosting side tested positive for COVID-19.
"SLC in consultation with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to reschedule the dates of the ODI and T20I series. The move is aimed at providing more time for the Sri Lanka national players and the support staff to complete required health protocols before getting onto the field, following the detection of two members (Batting Coach and Data Analyst) of the National Squad as Covid positive," the SLC statement said.
Accordingly, the series which was to start on July 13, will now begin five days later.
Commenting on the changed schedule, Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, said: "We understand that circumstances are extraordinary, but the BCCI would like to extend its full support to SLC during these tough times for the smooth conduct of the upcoming series. 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."
Commenting on the BCCI’s cooperation in this regard, Ashley de Silva, CEO of SLC said: "We are grateful for 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."
De Silva confirmed that rescheduling the series was a measure taken to ensure the safety of the players, officials, and the continuity of the tour.
As per the new changes, the first ODI will be played on July 18, as a day and night game at the R. Premadasa ICS in Colombo.
The second and third ODIs will be played on July 20 and 23 as day and night games at the same venue.
R. Premadasa ICS, in Colombo, will be the venue for the three T20 matches to be played on July 25, 27 and 29.