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Sri Lanka and India to play a 3-ODIs Series as SA pulls out officially

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The tri-nation Unitech Cup has been dumped officially with South Africa deciding to pack their bags and head towards their home at the earliest. The security consultant to Cricket South Africa has recognized that the current situation in Sri Lanka is at an unacceptable risk level. South African cricket team has been shaken up following a claymore mine blast that had blasted just a couple of kilometers away from the Cinnamon Grand Hotel which is hosting them on Monday. The South African Cricket Board haven’t got the green signal from the ICC to abandon the tour and they now face a 2 million US dollar penalty for pulling out from the tournament.

Meanwhile the BCCI has agreed to play a bilateral 3-ODIs Series now with Sri Lanka. The first match of this series is to begin on the 18th. There has been a change in the venue with the Sinhalese Sports Club hosting all the three matches that would start at 10:00 AM local time. With the weather likely to play spoil sport over the next few days, the Sinhalese Sports Club has been chosen instead of the R. Premadasa as the former is known to have excellent drainage facilities over the years. The other two matches are on the 20th and 22nd. Sri Lanka Cricket Board wanted the Indian team to play five ODIs but there was the apprehension among the Indian players who want to get back to India at the earliest. The last bilateral series between Sri Lanka and India took place in 2005 with India comfortably beating their opponents by a margin of 6-1.

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