India-Bangladesh and Sri Lanka T20 Tri-Series Fixtures were announced on 17th November by Sri Lanka Cricket (SCL). As per the schedule, T20 Tri-series will be held in next year 8th March to 20th March. The India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka Tri-series are arranged as part of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day. The tri-series matches begin the three teams will play two leagues against each other on 8th March. As announced by the SCL, the whole matches will be played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
India-Bangladesh To Play T20 Tri-Series Cricket Matches with Sri Lanka
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has said that it is a great honor to take part in the Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day celebrations.
Speaking about the tournament, Rahul Johri, BCCI CEO, added: “We are privileged to be a part of Sri Lanka’s 70th year celebrations, there is no closer friend to the BCCI than Sri Lanka [and Bangladesh] and when Mr. Sumathipala first floated this invitation, there was almost instant agreement that the Indian Team would participate for this reason.”
Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day Celebration Special ‘Nidahas Trophy’
The tri-series between 3 nations is being organized due to 70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka. The trophy called Nidahas Trophy. It was also conducted once on 50th Independence Day Celebrations of Srilanka in the year of 1998. Now, after 20 years the match is again scheduled in 2008.
Speaking about the occasion, Thilanga Sumathipala, SLC President, said: “70 years is a long journey, and one that needs to be commemorated and celebrated. We are happy that our closest neighbours, who share more or less the same journey of independence are joining us in this celebration, which we believe will be a milestone and an augur of thegreat things to come in the annals of cricket.”
Nazmul Hassan Papon, Bangladesh Cricket Board President, added: “The support and contribution of Sri Lanka [and India] in Bangladesh’s cricketing journey could not be overemphasized, and that this invitation was a clear testament to what a good friend Sri Lanka has been to Bangladesh’s Cricket.
“This Tournament too, would no doubt continue to strengthen the bonds between the 3 nations.”