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Sri Lanka to fill in for West Indies, accept BCCI’s five-ODI offer

Moments after the West Indies Cricket Board pulled out of the remainder of the India tour on Friday over a payment dispute with its players, Sri Lanka Cricket accepted BCCI’s invitation to play five ODIs in India in November.

Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed a five-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka, to be played from November 1st, 2014, said a joint press release from BCCI and SLC.

“India wanted us to play a T20I as well but we decided that with World Cup only a few months away playing 5 ODIs would be beneficial,” the SLC added.

Sri Lanka are placed 4th in ODI rankings, while India are ranked 3rd, with only 2 points separating the teams.

The BCCI has thanked the SLC for its swift response and for extending its support to ensure that the international cricket season is not curtailed.
The details of the venues and fixtures will be announced soon.

Earlier in the day, the WICB decided to end the tour after the 4th ODI in Dharamsala and will not play the remaining fifth ODI, one-off T20 and three-Test series.

The BCCI has expressed shocked and disappointed at the WICB’s decision to cut short the ongoing tour.

Following the decision of the WICB to cancel its ongoing tour of India, the BCCI commenced discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket for a limited-overs series in India in November 2014.

Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed a five-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka, to be played from 1 November 2014. The series promises to be an exciting one, with Sri Lanka placed 4th in the world rankings in ODIs. India is ranked 3rd, with only 2 points separating the teams.

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