India agree to tour Sri Lanka for limited-overs series in August: Report

MUMBAI: Fans of Team India may just have to wait for a couple of months more before they see their favourite stars in action again. Indications are that the Indian team, struck in a national lockdown presently, may resume international cricket with a limited overs tour to Sri Lanka in August.
According to a report in ‘The Island,’ the BCCI gave the green signal to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for the tour, on Monday, provided the Indian government gives clearance for it.
The series, including three ODIs and an equal number of T20Is, was originally scheduled for June. On its part, SLC too will seek permission from Sri Lanka’s sports ministry to stage bilateral cricket. As per the report, with most Covid-19 restrictions imposed during lockdown relaxed and tourism expected to return in August, SLC is confident that it would get the required permission. SLC is depending heavily on the series to boost its revenues through television rights.
Asia Cup in Lanka
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will host the Asia Cup T20 tournament, after it received a signal from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). This was confirmed by president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Shammi Silva to the Sri Lankan media said on Tuesday.
The tournament was set to be hosted by Pakistan in UAE in September, but SLC accepted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani’s offer to swap hosting rights with 2022 event.
The tournament will involve six teams – five full members (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh,and Afghanistan)- and one qualifier (winner of the qualifying tournament to be played among other Asian nations). India are the defending champions.

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