Nidahas Tri Series 2018: SLC Chief bats for more India - SL matches

India and Sri Lanka have played six Tests, eight ODIs, and four T20s in the last nine months.

Thilanga Sumathipala | AFP

 Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) doesn't seem satisfied with the latest International cricketing affair with India, as its president Thilanga Sumathipala wants to play more cricket with them even though they have contested each other in 12 Tests, 15 T20s, and an astounding 62 ODIs in the last decade. 

Citing an example of Australia-England, who have been playing each other many times as compared to other nations, Sumathipala said 'they should play more with India'.

As per Hindustan Times, Sumathipala said at the inauguration of Sri Lanka’s new Brain Centre, for player development, “Australia is playing England in the Ashes many times. They play five Tests. So, we feel we should play more with India. They are the No 1 side. Except this tournament, all were bilateral series agreed by the FTP (Future Tours Programme). It sometimes happens that teams play each other frequently while some don’t play for 6-7 years due to FTP pressures.”

Meanwhile, India and Sri Lanka have played six Tests, eight ODIs, and four T20s in the last nine months, and currently playing in the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series, also involving Bangladesh.

Sumathipala also said that SLC’ main aim is to revive the Sri Lanka Premier League. He signed off by saying, “We want to launch this year and are looking at a window for the next few years. SLPL was stopped half-way through the last time and we want to make it commercially viable this time. The dates are August 18 to September 10, which will be followed by the Asia Cup.”

 


By Rashmi Nanda - 13 Mar, 2018

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