India vs Sri Lanka 2022: As per SportsTiger, the first match of the T20I series between India and Sri Lanka will take place in Lucknow, behind closed doors. Earlier, it was confirmed that Sri Lanka vs India series would begin with the T20I series, after Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) request to the BCCI.
As per the original schedule, Sri Lanka’s tour to India comprised of two Tests, followed by three-match T20I series. The series would have begun with the first Test from February 25-March 1.
Sri Lanka will be coming off after playing Australia in the T20I series at home, while the Indian team will finish up with the three-match T20I series against West Indies which will be played behind closed doors at Eden Garden. Therefore, in order to ease the bubble-to-bubble transfer, Sri Lanka’s tour will now kick off with the T20I series with revised dates in the coming days.
While the first T20I is now expected to be played behind closed doors in Lucknow, the next two T20I matches will be played in the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium (PCA) in Mohali.
Yesterday, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had confirmed that Bangalore will host the second Test, on what will be the Day-night Pink-ball Test. It will be India’s third day-night pink-ball Test at home after the first one against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens (2019), and against England at Narendra Modi Stadium in 2021. India won both those matches comfortably, and incidentally, Virat Kohli scored his last international century against the Bangladesh Test. Virat Kohli will also play his 100th Test during the Sri Lanka Test series.
“Yes, the pink-ball Test will be happening in Bengaluru. We have not decided on all the venues for the Sri Lanka series yet, but it will be announced shortly,” Ganguly told SportsStar.
Ganguly updates about Women’s IPL and IPL 2022:
Meanwhile, Ganguly confirmed that the league matches of the IPL 2022 will be held in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Pune, while Ahmedabad could host the playoffs. He also stated that a total of 94 matches could be played in IPL from the 2024 season.
“It will be held in India this year, until and unless Covid-19 hits the roof. As far as venues are concerned, we are looking at hosting the matches in Maharashtra — Mumbai, and Pune. We will take a call on the venues for the knockout stages later,” the BCCI President stated.
In addition, Ganguly also affirmed that women’s IPL will be held from 2023, and as grand as the men’s IPL tournament.
“I strongly believe we will have full-fledged Women’s IPL from 2023, which will be big and as grand as the Men’s IPL,” he concluded.