Nidahas trophy 2018: Schedule Cricket Team
After Team India’s tour of South Africa, the Men in Blue will head to Sri Lanka for Nidahas Trophy triangular Twenty20 International tournament. India will play against Sri Lanka in the opening match. Bangladesh is the third team to participate in this tourney.
The event, which has been organised to mark the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
“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 the great things to come in the annals of cricket,” said SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala while announcing the tournament.
The tournament will follow a round-robin format with all the three teams playing each other twice before the top two (on the basis of points) lock horns in the final on March 18. While Bangladesh are scheduled to play a warm-up game ahead of the tournament, India would begin the competition without any practice match, just like the recently concluded South Africa tour.
All the matches of the series have been scheduled with a gap of one day, with the opening encounter taking place between hosts Sri Lanka and India on March 6. Both the visiting teams will arrive in the island on March 4. Here’s the full schedule:
- March 6, 19:00 IST: Sri Lanka v India
- March 8, 19:00 IST: Bangladesh v India
- March 10, 19:00 IST: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh
- March 12, 19:00 IST: India v Sri Lanka
- March 14,19:00 IST: India v Bangladesh
- March 16, 19:00 IST: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
- March 18, 19:00 IST: Final
Telecast and Live Streaming:
The live telecast of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy will be available on DD Sports, D Sports and Rishtey Cineplex in India. While D Sports will provide commentary in English, Rishtey Cineplex/HD will provide Hindi commentary. Those who want to watch the series online, can visit DSport’s official website or Jio TV live app. Here are the worldwide broadcast details:
- India: DSport, DD Sports
- Bangladesh: Gazi TV (GTV)
- Sri Lanka: SLRC
- South Africa: SuperSport
- USA: Willow TV
- UK: Sky Sports
- Canada: ATN Cricket Plus HD
- MENA: OSN Sports Cricket HD
The big guns including Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have been rested from the series while some younger ones like Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar and Mohammad Siraj have been given an opportunity by the BCCI. For India, Suresh Raina has continues to hold on to his place, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya have all been rested. Kuldeep Yadav, on the other hand, misses out because of an injury. While Sri Lanka are yet to confirm their squad, the rosters have for India and Bangladesh are out.
India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant
Sri Lanka: Yet to be announced
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider Rony