The Indian cricket board BCCI is planning to host this year’s pink ball day-night Test against Srilanka in Bengaluru. The cricket board is keen to take the Test series against the Lions to Bengaluru despite the limited avenues available due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The Srilanka’s tour of India will start with the T20 series instead of the Red ball series because of a smoother bubble to bubble transfer of players and coaching staff. Both the teams will be playing the shorter format before the red ball series gets underway.
It is still not clear if Banglore will be the host city for the first Test match between the teams as it will be also Virat Kohli’s 100th Test match.
BCCI will be trying to host most of the white ball series in Dharamshala and Mohali before moving to Bangaluru for the Test matches to finish the International series to reduce the travel fatigue of the players and coaching staff.
As per the original Itinerary, Bangalore and Mohali were the venues for the Test matches before the shorter format (T20 series) being held at Mohali, Lucknow, and Dharamshala. There is quite a possibility that the first two T20’s will be played in Dharamshala before moving to Mohali for the third T20. In this case, Lucknow will lose the chance to host a T20 match and Mohali will lose the opportunity to host the day-night Test match as dew is a big factor in the match.