"The South African team is expected to arrive in India in November for playing five ODIs. Sri Lanka's request for seven ODIs would be considered only if the South African team is unable to make it here due to other commitments. Otherwise the series would be limited to five ODIs and three Test matches," Nair said.
Sri Lanka had requested for seven ODIs on the ground that would square the backlog of matches to an extent, Nair said.
Explaining its position on the matter, the Indian Board has faxed a letter to Tryphon Mirando, Secretary, Cricket Interim Committee of Sri Lanka.