India will play three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I in their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, which is to take place between 26 July and 6 September, as per the latest announcement.
The tour to Sri Lanka, the Test leg of which will start on 26 July, is a 43-day long affair, with the solitary T20I taking place in Colombo, as per a statement by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) which was carried in a report on Cricbuzz.
The event would start just 17 days after India's tour of Windies, which too would be capped off by a solitary T20I against a team that retained its stars in the format in Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Carlos Brathwaite (captain), etc.
India and Sri Lanka played their only full series against each other — three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 matches — in India in 2009. India won the Test series 2-0, the ODI 3-1 and drew the T20 segment 1-1.
According to the schedule, the action will shift to the Sinhalese Sporting Club (SSC) in Colombo and the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy for the second and the third Test respectively.
After the action-packed Test series, the teams will put on coloured clothing and take part in the ODI series, with the first match being played in Dambulla on 20 August.
India will then face their rivals in Kandy for the second and third ODIs, before finally heading back to Colombo for the remaining two ODIs. The T20I will also be played in Colombo at R Premadasa Stadium.
India could be looking at some revenge for their defeat to the Lankans at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, where 'Men in Blue' were stunned by the young pair of Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka.
India's last tour of Sri Lanka was two years ago in August 2015 when they played a Test series which they won 2-1.
While India pulled off a 3-1 series win in the ODI leg of the tour of Windies, Sri Lanka currently lead the five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe 2-1, having won the third ODI by chasing a stiff 306-run target with eight wickets to spare. Zimbabwe had earlier caused an upset when they chased the 317-run target set by Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Galle.
Full schedule of India's tour of Sri Lanka:
1st Test: 26-30 July , Galle
2nd Test: 3-7 August, Colombo (SSC)
3rd Test: 12-16 August, Pallekele
1st ODI: 20 August, Dambulla
2nd ODI: 24 August, Pallekele
3rd ODI: 27 August, Pallekele
4th ODI: 31 August, Colombo (R Premadasa)
5th ODI: 3 September, Colombo (R Premadasa)
One-off T20I: 6 September, Colombo (R Premadasa)
With inputs from AFP