Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Wednesday that the limited-number Indian tour of Sri Lanka has paid rich dividends for the board. The SLC won $ 14.5 million over six games.
Last month, a host of inexperienced Indian players were led by Shikhar Dhawan to Sri Lanka to play three one-day internationals and up to T20I matches. The fact that SLC experienced financial difficulties was clearly visible in the split with its players when signing contracts ahead of the Indian tour.
Sri Lanka Cricket Received $ 14.5 Million From Indian Tour
SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva credited their board’s cordial relationship with BCCI and thanked India‘s board and government for allowing their players to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic .
“According to the FTP (Future Tours Program), the tour was only for 3 ODIs, but our chairman Shammi Silva managed to persuade the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to give us 3 additional T20Is, which resulted in the “Improved business value. This was made possible by the relationship we had with the Indian Cricket Board. We got $ 14.5 million from broadcasting and other rights like soil etc.” De Silva told The Daily FT.
âThe fact that BCCI and the Indian government blessed their team to come to Sri Lanka during the pandemic period and meet their commitments was also due to the cordial relationship we have with BCCI. Without their encouragement we would not have been able to move forward with this tour which has generated lucrative business value and income in Sri Lanka. de Silva added.
Sri Lanka Cricket appreciated BCCI continuing tour amid COVID-19 cases
Although the series had to be rescheduled several times after players on both camps saw positive COVID-19 cases with Indian general-purpose Krunal Pandya contracted the virus before the second T20I and apart from him eight of his contacts narrow were isolated by the management of the Indian team.
The streak continued with India fielding their most inexperienced team where they gave five players their debut in the second T2oI. Mohan de Silva appreciated Rahul Dravid and the board for their coordination in the midst of the crisis and the continuation of the tour.
âEven the Indian High Commissioner was concerned and the BCCI. In this context, I would like to express my sincere gratitude on behalf of SLC to the leadership of the Indian team, Rahul Dravid and others, and the BCCI for monitoring the situation. They wanted some advice from us and some assurances, which we did by moving the patient to another hotel and so on, and we continued with the visit, âsaid de Silva.
Sri Lanka lost the ODI 1-2 series to India but won the T20I series by a similar margin with leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga playing a huge role with his script bowling Sri Lankafirst bilateral victory of the T20I series against their Asian neighbors.
Mohan de Silva mentioned that player morale has been lifted after winning the series and they are looking forward to the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
âIt really helped the players. It has boosted the morale of cricketers. The T20I series victory against India really boosted the confidence of the players and we had a lot of positives as well. We saw emerging players come in and take on top roles under the guidance of a new captain, you could see their body language and their confidence improve. These are good signs for the upcoming T20 World Cup, âsaid de Silva.
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