Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has slammed the national board for hosting a “second-string” Indian team for a white-ball series. India and Sri Lanka are all set to play three ODIs and as many T20 International in Colombo.
In the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan will lead the Men in Blue in the upcoming series.
Notably, India’s main squad is currently in England for the five-match Test series against Joe Root-led side which is scheduled to start from August 4.
Ranatunga feels India have insulted Sri Lanka by sending a second-string side. He even blamed the SLC for going ahead with the series due to “television marketing needs”.
“This is a second-string Indian team and their coming here is an insult on our cricket. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them due to television marketing needs,” the 57-year-old told the reporters at his residence as saying by PTI.
“India have sent their best team to England and sent a weaker side to play here. I blame our board for that,” he added.
Team India landed in Sri Lanka earlier this week and has just completed its mandatory quarantine period.
Shikhar Dhawan & Co. will play the first ODI against the hosts on July 13 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.