Mumbai: BCCI has forced a change in next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka that will leave Team India playing two gruelling back-to-back matches.
As per the original schedule Team India had to play New Zealand on September 10 and hosts Sri Lanka two days later on September 12 in the preliminary stage of the series in Colombo.
But the Indian board had the New Zealand game pushed back by a day to September 11 so that top stars are available for the entire duration of a domestic one-day tournament ending in Bangalore on September 8.
"The change has been made at the request of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.
Team India will fly into Colombo on September 9, a day after the tri-series opens at the Premadasa stadium with a match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
India's matches against the Black Caps on September 11 and Sri Lanka the next day will be followed by the final on September 14.
Dhoni's team, currently enjoying a rare month-long break, will use the tri-series to warm up for the Champions Trophy in South Africa from September 22-October 5.