New Delhi: The BCCI on Wednesday named Sri Lanka as Zimbabwe's replacement for a short three-match T20 International series to be held in January next year.
The BCCI has roped in Sri Lanka for the short series in place of Zimbabwe, which has been suspended by the ICC.
As planned earlier, the first T20 will take place in Guwahati on 5 January, followed by matches in Indore on 7 January and Pune on 10 January.
"In the wake of Zimbabwe's suspension by ICC, the BCCI invited Sri Lanka to participate in the three-match series. Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed their participation," the BCCI said in a statement.
The series against Zimbabwe was in doubt after the ICC had suspended Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) in July this year over government interference in its administration.
The ICC Board unanimously decided that ZC, an ICC Full Member, was in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of its constitution which imposes an obligation on members to provide a process for free and democratic elections.
1st T20: 5 January, Guwahati
2nd T20: 7 January, Indore
3rd T20: 10 January, Pune.
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