The new schedule of Indian cricket team was finalized on Tuesday after the BCCI Tours and Fixtures committee was convened on Tuesday in Kolkata. The committee confirmed that the team will play over 23 international matches from September to December. In this period India will also host Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka and will play a total of three Tests, 11 ODIs, and nine T20Is. On completion of these three series, India will fly to South Africa for another series.
The Sri Lankan Cricket team will visit India November 15 to December 24 and will play 3 tests with the Indian Cricket Team each one at Delhi, Kolkata, and Nagpur. The two teams will also play three ODIs and three T20Is. The Australian tour is scheduled from September 17 to October 11 with a timetable of five ODIs and three T20s. The first team visiting India would be New Zealand from October 22 to November 7 to play three ODIs and three T20Is.
The ODIs between India and Australia will be organized in Chennai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Indore, and Kolkata while the T20s will be played at Delhi, Cuttack, and Rajkot.
“There are 23 International matches at home. Three Tests, 11 ODIs, and nine T20 Internationals. Each and every venue in India will be covered. Barsapara in Assam and Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram have got Test status. Both are vying for Test matches. Most of the bigger centers want either a T20 International or ODIs,” a BCCI official had said.
Earlier, Sri Lanka was planned to visit India in February 2018 but as the country is celebrating Independence Cup in March next year and has invited India for the matches, the schedule was proponed
“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,” said Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva on Saturday (July 29). “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.”
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