Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Friday issued an announcement, saying the present India staff which is there within the Island Nation to play three ODIs and three T20Is is a “sturdy squad”. This clarification from SLC comes on the very day when former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga criticised the board for letting India ship their ”second-string” staff whereas the primary staff stayed again in England to play the Test sequence which commences in August. “Sri Lanka Cricket needs to announce that regardless of claims by numerous events as reported within the Media, the National White-Ball staff of India presently touring Sri Lanka is a robust squad. Out of the 20-member India squad, 14 gamers have represented India throughout all codecs or in some type. (Test, ODI, or T20I), and never a ‘second-string staff’, as claimed,” SLC mentioned in an official assertion.
“It additionally ought to be talked about that this tour is going down, while the National Test Team of India is touring England to play a 05 match Test sequence, versus England. This is the most recent norm within the cricketing world, particularly the total ICC Member nations, as they keep specialist squads and gamers for every format of the sport,” it added.
Further, in its assertion, SLC mentioned: “The goal of such preparations is to be aggressive in every format of the sport by sustaining specialist gamers and squads. Apart from it, sustaining separate squads allow cricketing boards to meet their worldwide commitments unhindered, such because the ICC Future Tours Program.”
Earlier, former Sri Lanka skipper Ranatunga had criticised the SLC for opting to host a second-string Indian line-up.
“This is a second-string Indian staff and their coming right here is an insult on our cricket. I blame the present administration for agreeing to play with them as a consequence of tv advertising and marketing wants. India despatched their greatest staff to England and despatched a weaker facet to play right here. I blame our board for that,” Ranatunga instructed reporters.
The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka might be performed on July 13. The Indian facet was in exhausting quarantine for 3 days upon arriving in Colombo and the facet has now lastly began coaching.
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