India will tour Sri Lanka in July for limited overs series: Ganguly

On Sunday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that the Indian team, they have
planned to tour Sri Lanka in July for a limited overs bilateral series sans top player
.Big names such as skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma will not be
part of the Sri Lankan tour."We have planned a white ball series for the senior men's
team during the month of July where they will play T20 Internationals and ODIs in
Sri Lanka," Ganguly said in an interaction.While Asked how will India segregate the
two teams as Virat Kholi and Rohit sharma will be engaged in a marquee five-match
Test series in England, Ganguly said that it will be a different side, which won't have
anyone from the outfit that will be in the United Kingdom at that time."Yes, it will be
a team of white ball specialists. It will be a different team," the former India captain
said, making it clear that the cricket board also has the preparation of white ball

regulars in mind.There will be at least 5 T20 Internationals and may be three ODIs
in Sri Lanka.India's tour of England will end on September 14 and with the schedule
of the remainder of IPL yet to be chalked out, the BCCI would want the likes of
Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra
Chahal to be match ready."The BCCI president is very keen that all our top players
are match ready and since England doesn't have a white ball leg the month of July
can be utilized well," a BCCI source said while explaining the logic behind the
tour.For the Kohlis and Sharmas, they need not come from UK, which has in place
some hard quarantine rules."Technically, in the month of July there are no official
senior India team matches. The Test squad will be playing intra squad games.""So
there is no harm in India's white ball experts getting some match time and selectors
also get to fix the missing jigsaws in the selection puzzle."This will give the team a
chance to carry out experiments, like whether it will be Chahal, Rahul Chahar or
Rahul Tewatia for the leg break bowler's slot, if Chetan Sakariya can be tried as
left-arm option, whether Devdutt Padikkal or Shreyas Iyer gets fit to play by
then.Not to forget that Prithvi Shaw's international career could get a boost with this
white ball tournament, with Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan also getting a
chance to stake their claims.



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