India have consented to participate in the Independence Cup in Sri Lanka in 2018, Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala affirmed last Friday (January 20). As a feature of their 70th Independence day celebrations, Sri Lanka have communicated enthusiasm to have the competition including India, Pakistan and South Africa.
Addressing the correspondents taking after a meeting including the SLC authorities, Sumathipala uncovered that the last dates would be settled soon taking after talks with the separate boards. “We are very very keen to play our Independence cup in Sri Lanka next year which India has agreed to be part of it,” Sumathipala said. “There is a South Africa-India tour coming up and it might clash with the India-Pakistan tour.
“The Indians are willing to go to South Africa in the period where we are scheduled to tour, so we will discuss with India and South Africa during the next month’s ICC meeting in Dubai regarding our return tour, Independence Cup and then we all (Sri Lanka, India, South Africa and Pakistan) will accommodate each other,” he further added.
Sumathipala affirmed that India consented to take participate taking after discourses between the Prime Ministers of the individual nations. “India has already given their willingness to play the Independence Cup in 2018 in Sri Lanka after Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe discussed this with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently,” he said.
The SLC president additionally uncovered that so as to observe India’s 70th Independence day this year, Sri Lanka may visit the nation for a short tour. India are now planned to visit Sri Lanka in July-August to play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International for which the dates haven’t been concluded yet.