The BCCI has said that Sri Lanka has accepted an invitation to tour India in January for a T20 series. The series was to be played with Zimbabwe but this decision was taken following their suspension by the ICC.
Following a full board meeting of the ICC in London in July this year, an announcement was made about the suspension of Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect. The statement said ‘the ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, was in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and/or administration for cricket respectively.”
It was also confirmed that any funding from the apex body to the African nation to develop the sport had been stopped. And any representative teams from Zimbabwe would not be able to participate in any ICC events. Due to this they also missed out on the recent T20 World Cup qualifiers in both Men’s & Women’s categories.
The tour will see 3 T20 matches being played on January 5th, 7th & 10th at Guwahati, Indore & Pune. The venues & dates have been kept the same as earlier. With Zimbabwe’s suspension, there was a threat to the series being canceled, but the BCCI was quick to find a replacement & Sri Lanka Cricket was gracious enough to accept the invitation.