The Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India played six matches in Sri Lanka. Since India’s main squad are in England for the five-match Test series, the second-string squad played in Lanka.
Six new faces played their first game for the country but the outcome was not satisfactory keeping in mind the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. Nine players were placed in isolation after coming in close contact with Krunal Pandya, who tested COVID-19 positive.
The all-rounder was infected by the virus before the second match of the T20I series which hampered India’s chances.
But for Sri Lanka, the tour turned out to be a bonanza.
Speaking to ft.lk.com, Sri Lanka Cricket’s Secretary Mohan de Silva revealed that the board made $14.5 million (more than Rs 107 crore) by hosting Team India.
“According to the FTP (Future Tours Program) the tour was only for 3 ODIs, but our President Shammi Silva managed to persuade the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to give us an additional 3 T20Is which resulted in the enhancement of the commercial value. It was made possible because of the relationship we have cultivated with the Indian Cricket Board. We got $ 14.5 million from broadcasting and other rights like ground, etc.,” de Silva told the Daily FT.
“The fact that the BCCI and the Indian Government gave the blessings for their team to come to Sri Lanka during the pandemic times and meet their commitments was also due to the cordial relationships we have with the BCCI.”
The BCCI shares a good relationship with SLC. Earlier, the Indian Cricket Board also helped Cricket Australia by touring the country.
“It’s indeed a feather in the cap. It’s a statement on part of the BCCI that it is willing to stand by its commitments at all costs. It’s a sign of great reassurance for the industry at large. Boards were staring at huge losses because of the pandemic. CA would’ve been forced into bankruptcy. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was on the verge of a disaster. The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has earned close to Rs 150 cr because of the IPL. The ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board) appreciates India’s concern too,” a source was quoted saying by Times of India recently.
While India won the ODI series in Sri Lanka, they were undone in the shortest format of the game.