Team India is all set to play three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka in the island nation. Under the guidance of stand-in coach Rahul Dravid, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side is leaving no stone unturned in its preparations for the upcoming white-ball series, starting from July 13 in Colombo.
Notably, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will gain a lot of revenue from the forthcoming series. According to the latest media reports, the Sri Lankan board is set to earn approximately INR 89.7 crore from the India series.
The SLC president Shammi Silva recently revealed that initially, the series was planned to comprise only three games, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) eventually accepted their request to host six matches.
The limited-overs series will double SLC’s earnings and the board officials aim to build a “strong economy” out of this sum.
“We had initially finalized to host three matches. But after some negotiations with the Indian Cricket Board, we managed to increase the matches to six which will enable us to raise an additional $6 million in revenue,” Silva was quoted as saying by dailynews.lk.
“The board will be able to provide a large income to the country with Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa’s vision of building a strong economy through sports,” he added.
Earlier, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga slammed the national board for hosting a second-string Indian team due to its “television marketing needs.”