After BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed that Men in Blue will be travelling to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs bilateral series, it has brought the smiles back on the faces of Indian cricket fans. However, since the announcement of the series, there are a lot of uncertainties about various details about the same. As the fans have been asking a lot of questions about the series, some of the answers have finally been revealed.
When will India travel to Sri Lanka?
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a lot of concerns regarding the travel dates because of the quarantine restrictions. As per Sportstar, the Men in Blue will fly to Sri Lanka on 5th July. They will be under 3 days of hard quarantine, followed by another 4 days of quarantine where they will be allowed to do training. Team India are expected to travel back home on July 28.
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What are the fixtures of the tour?
The fixtures of the series between India and Sri Lanka are as follows:
1st ODI - July 13 - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
2nd ODI - July 16 - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
3rd ODI - July 19 - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
1st T20I - July 22 - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
2nd T20I - July 24 - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
3rd T20I - July 27 - Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Where will all the matches be played?
While the venue has not been officially confirmed, it has been revealed that Colombo will be hosting all six matches. SLC's Administrative Committee chairman, Professor Arjuna de Silva said, "We plan to host the entire series at one venue. As of now, it has been decided that the Premadasa Stadium will host the fixtures. Obviously, it depends on how the situation is around that time," as quoted by Sportstar.
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Will the players travel from England?
BCCI are expected to announce a new squad for the Sri Lanka tour while the Test players and the other staff members will stay in England. With head coach Ravi Shastri also unavailable, NCA head Rahul Dravid could travel with the new-look Indian team to Lanka. All the players and staff members will travel directly from India to Sri Lanka.
How will Sri Lanka make the bio-bubble?
Professor de Silva also revealed how they plan to maintain the bio-bubble. He said, "We have all the help from the health ministry, with about 10 doctors taking care of the bubble, so our medical team is large." Sri Lanka are expected to follow a similar plan of action what they did for the England series where they successfully pulled off all the operations quite smoothly.