India's tour to South Africa might be cut short

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 01, 2017 19:56 hrs
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After a long home season, Team India have series of away tours. After completion of the ongoing Sri Lanka series, India are all set to host Australia for a limited overs tour and will then embark on the important South African tour.

However, according to reports, the marquee series may take a hit with Sri Lanka touring India in November-December to play a full series.

India had agreed to participate in the Independence Cup in Sri Lanka featuring the hosts, Pakistan and South Africa, However, reports suggest that the series might be changed to a tri-nation series with the third team as Bangladesh.

The Independence Cup is scheduled to take place in March next year marking the host nation's 70th Independence Day.

BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary on Tuesday said Sri Lanka's tour of India had to be advanced because of the Independence Cup the island nation is set to host next year. 

"On the question of Sri Lanka's earlier arrival..., earlier tweaking has had to happen because Sri Lanka is organising an Independence Cup in Sri Lanka," Choudhary said.

"That will be shortly after India's return from South Africa. Sri Lanka has always cooperated with India and therefore India will actually be making a reciprocal short version tour only to play the Independence Cup. That's why the tweaking has taken place," he said without divulging details whether the BCCI will scale down the South Africa tour. 

Sri Lanka will tour India to play three Tests, five ODIs and a lone T20 in November which means India will have to cut short their tour to South Africa.

"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," Ashley de Silva, Sri Lanka Cricket CEO, told a website.

"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."

It will be a tight schedule for the Indian team as after completing the ongoing Sri Lanka tour, Virat Kohli and his men will play a series against Australia at home and will then play Sri Lanka before boarding the flight to South Africa.

While the schedules for both the tours are yet to be prepared, it is understood that a rescheduling of the South Africa tour will be done to accommodate Sri Lanka's tour to India.

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