Sri Lanka’s re-visit to India in November is causing a scheduling headache for the BCCI at the moment. The Lankan Lions, who are currently hosting India in a full bilateral series – the first full series in eight years – featuring Tests, ODIs and T20Is, will return to India for three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I in November and December.
India is also slated to tour South Africa during the same window and therefore there has been confusion surrounding the itineraries of both the tours which are yet to be announced.
According to the Future Tours Programme, India will tour South Africa to play four Tests and seven ODIs. Cricket South Africa wanted to host India for the Boxing Day Test on December 26 but is yet to release the schedule for the tour considering BCCI’s reluctance to commit.
As of now, it is been understood that the trip to South Africa may be pushed further to January next year.
Sri Lanka will end the ongoing series on September 6 and will travel to the UAE to play against Pakistan where the two sides will play two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is in September-October 2017. The tour of UAE will be followed by a trip to India for a full series in November-December.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva said,
“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.”
“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. The dates for the Pakistan series and the Indian tour are currently being worked out,” he added.