Sri Lanka proposes postponed 5 ODI series in August

Published: Sunday, May 8, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo:India and Sri Lanka will clash in at least eight one-day internationals in August, according to a proposal drawn up by Sri Lanka's government-run cricket board.

India will join the West Indies and hosts Sri Lanka in a tri-series August 2-14 before Sri Lanka travel to India two days later for five more One-dayers, an official said on Sunday.

The five matches in India are to make up for the One-day series in April which was cancelled due to the reluctance of Indian players to take part soon after a gruelling tour by Pakistan.

"We are confident the Indian board will accept our proposal," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Duleep Mendis told AFP.

"It was the Indians who postponed our five One-dayers in April. We have now proposed to them that we can tour in August."

The Indian board has not yet reacted to Sri Lanka's proposal.

The interim committee appointed by Sri Lanka's sports ministry in March to run the SLC has devised a busy schedule for the national team.

The West Indies will tour the island nation for two Test matches in July followed by the triangular with India where each team plays the other twice in the league before the final.

After the proposed five-match series in India, the Sri Lankans will return home to face Bangladesh in two Tests and three one-dayers in September.

India will tour Zimbabwe in the same period for two Tests and a tri-series also featuring New Zealand.

India will clock a minimum of 13 one-dayers - a maximum of 15 if they reach the final in both Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe - besides two Test matches between August 2 and September 30 if Sri Lanka's proposal is accepted.

Sri Lanka is also scheduled to tour India in November for three Test matches, according to the 10-year programme drawn up the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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