India cricket team will be playing limited-overs series in Sri Lanka starting next week. Former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga recently said that the Indian team on this tour is a second-rate team and it is a shame for Sri Lanka to play with the team. But now Sri Lankan head coach Mickey Arthur believes that is not the case. Coach said his team will not take this Indian team lightly in the upcoming limited overs series. The series was supposed to start on July 13, but the series was re-scheduled after Sri Lanka’s batting coach and other members were found to be corona positive. The series will now be played from July 18. Arthur is of the opinion that the current team in India is like the IPL All Stars XI. The dual teams play the ODI series of the first three matches and then the T20 series of equal number of matches.
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In an interview with SportsStar, Coach Arthur said, “We are now in a period of change. We are looking for young players to make a great addition to the team. We are in no illusion because we know this is a wonderful Indian team. India have a lot of good cricketers. It’s like the IPL All-Stars XI. They are an incredible group of players and for us, it’s about finding young players and trying to make the right combination for the team. This has been one of the hardest steps for me as an international coach over the past 12 years. C
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Sri Lanka recently suffered a clean sweep in the T20I series against England, losing 0-2 in the three-match ODI series. It was a very challenging trip for the team and the team’s only mistake was that Niroshan Dikwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunatilka were sent home for violating the Bio Bubble Rule, the coach said.
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Arthur said it was one of the toughest stages as an international coach. “It was incredibly challenging,” he said. We are trying to get a vision for the 2023 World Cup. We are trying to give young players some opportunities. But you also need some experienced players with it. We lost numbers 1, 4 and 5 when they decided to go out and visit Durham. It was really difficult for us. It was one of the hardest steps I’ve ever had.