Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday announced the fixtures of the Tri-nation T20 Series ‘Nidahas Trophy 2018’.
The Nidahas Trophy 2018 will be played in celebration of Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence, coincidentally, Sri Lanka Cricket’s 70th year as well.
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India will be competing in the tournament scheduled to begin from March 8.
The 3 Asian countries will play 7 T20Is in Colombo at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.
Speaking at the launch, Bangladesh Cricket Board President, Nazmul Hassan Papon, stated that “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.” He added, “This Tournament too, would no doubt continue to strengthen the bonds between the 3 nations”
BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri said, “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.”
SLC President, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, (the visionary behind this 2018 edition as well as the Nidahas Trophy 1998 – played in celebration of Sri Lanka’s and Sri Lanka Cricket’s 50th year stated, “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.”
Here are the complete fixtures of the Nidahas Trophy 2018:
- March 6, 2018 – India vs Sri Lanka
- March 8, 2018 – India vs Bangladesh
- March 10, 2018 – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
- March 12, 2018 – India vs Sri Lanka
- March 14, 2018 – India vs Bangladesh
- March 16, 2018 – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
- March 18, 2018 – Final
Note: All matches to be played from 7 pm onwards (local timings)