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India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh triangular series in 2018

IANS  |  Colombo 

Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday proposed a triangular contest between India, and for the Nidahas Trophy between March 15 and 30 next year to mark the island nation's 70th anniversary of independence, according to an espncricinfo report.

According to SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala, the tournament will consist of seven matches in all with each team playing the others twice, before the top two progress to the final. However, it is not yet clear if the matches will be Twenty20 Internationals or One-day Internationals (ODI).

"The (SLC) technical committee and cricket committee is looking into it, but at the moment we would like it to be a T20 triangular -- that's what the agreement is," Sumathipala said.

The proposed tournament, will however reduce the number of matches, the Lankans are set to play during their preceding tour of According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), are set to play five ODIs, and a T20I in in March next year, which will follow three Tests.

Sumathipala said at least some of those matches would effectively be transmuted into Nidahas Trophy games, while Board of Control for Cricket in (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri said the boards were still "working on" the exact schedule.

"We look forward to playing the Nidahas Trophy in next year, as it not only coincides with the 70th year of the independence of our nation, but the 70th anniversary of Cricket," Sumathipala said.

"As our nations gained independence within a short span of each other in our contemporary history, this will no doubt be a significant moment of similar sentimental value for us to mark with pomp and pageantry as it rightfully warrants," he added.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 19:14 IST
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