India will tour Sri Lanka for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International in July-September, with the trip beginning with a Test in Galle from July 26, confirmed Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday (July 7).
The second Test will be at the SSC in Colombo, while the third Test will be in Kandy. The ODI series will then kick off in Dambulla on August 20 before the teams return to Kandy for the second and third ODIs. The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will host the fourth and fifth ODIs as well as the one-off T20I. The lone 20-over contest will take place on September 6.
Though India’s most recent encounter against Sri Lanka — at the Champions Trophy — ended in a seven-wicket loss, Virat Kohli’s men are third in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings while Sri Lanka are languishing at eighth and in danger of missing out on direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England. The top seven teams, apart from England, on the cut-off date of September 30 are guaranteed a spot.
In the ICC Test rankings, too, Sri Lanka are struggling, slotted at seventh, while India are the No. 1 side after a successful home season where they defeated New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. India have fond memories of their last Test tour to Sri Lanka in 2015, where they beat the hosts 2-1, their first series triumph on Sri Lankan soil since 1993.
India are currently in the Caribbean for a limited-overs tour, and their assignment will finish with a one-off T20I on Sunday at Sabina Park in Kingston. The team is without a head coach, but the Cricket Advisory Committee is expected to identify a new coach before they travel to Sri Lanka on July 19.
July 26-30: First Test at GICS, Galle
August 3-7: Second Test at SSC, Colombo
August 12-16: Third Test at PICS, Kandy
August 20: First ODI at RDICS, Dambulla
August 24: Second ODI at PICS, Kandy
August 27: Third ODI at PICS, Kandy
August 31: Fourth ODI at RPICS, Colombo
September 3: Fifth ODI at RPICS, Colombo
September 6: One-off T20I at RPICS, Colombo