Colombo - Virat Kohli's India will play three Test matches in Sri Lanka next
month, the cricket board said on Thursday, marking the final series for the
home team's batting great Kumar Sangakkara.
The Indian team will arrive in Colombo on August 3 and start the tour with a
three-day practice match against the Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman's XI at the
Premadasa stadium from August 6.
The back-to-back Tests will be played in Galle (August 12-16) and two venues
in Colombo, the P.Sara Oval (August 20 to 24) and the Sinhalese Sports Club
(August 28 to September 1).
The first and second Tests, which will be 37-year-old Sangakkara's last two
matches before he retires, are sandwiched between Sri Lanka's parliamentary
elections on August 17.
Sangakkara, whose 12,305 runs with 38 centuries from 132 Tests are the
highest by a current batsman, said last month he will play two Tests each
against Pakistan and India in the home season before ending his 15-year career.
Pakistan won their series 2-1 with a seven-wicket win in Pallekele on
August 6-8: Three-day match at Premadasa stadium, Colombo
August 12-16: First Test, Galle
August 20-24: Second Test, P. Sara Oval, Colombo
August 28-September 1: Third Test, Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo