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The first two ODIs between India and Sri Lanka set to start early

The 3rd ODI in Visakhapatnam on 17th December will start as per schedule ( 13:30 IST).

Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to change the match time of the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka. In a statement issued by the BCCI, the board has called for a change in timing. The BCCI has consulted both the hosts- Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and Punjab Cricket Association  (PCA) regarding the above change and only after receiving a green signal, the board has gone forward with the revised plan.

The first two ODIs will now be starting from 11:30 am, two hours early from the scheduled 1:30 am start. The decision was made keeping in mind the recommendation of host associations regarding the deteriorating weather in the northern part of India during the month of December.

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“The BCCI after consultations with the two staging host associations – Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) – has revised the start times of the first two matches of the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka to be held in Dharamsala(December 10, 2017) and Mohali (Dec 13) respectively,” the statement read.

Rain following the Indian team

The 3rd ODI in Vizag will start as per schedule on December 17. Both the sides are currently fighting it out in the 1st Test of the 3-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match is hanging in balance after rain almost washing out the first two days of play. The poor weather threats have been following India for long now. Since the ODI series against Australia, rain has followed the Indian team to many places. The 1st ODI in Chennai between India and Australia was effected by rain and since then the groundsmen were put to an alert. The final T20I match in Hyderabad against Australia was called off due to heavy rain on the day before the decider was set to take place.

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