Cricket fans in Delhi may not see Virat Kohli & Co in action before 2020 according to BCCI’s Future Tours Programme (FTP).
“BCCI is pitching for their exclusive home season slot in February-March every year. They will only get that slot in February-March 2020 as per the new Future Tours Programme (FTP). Therefore, Kotla may or may not be in line for a Test match before 2020,” a senior BCCI official told PTI. “As per the rotation policy, Kotla has now got its Test match and in November it got an ODI.
Their turn will not come next year as India will perhaps have at the most one full-fledged series,” he said. “There are other venues waiting for their turn. Similarly in 2019, when the fresh Future Tours and Programme (FTP) starts, it will take some time for Kotla to get another game,” he added.
The Sri Lankan grievance came close on the heels of the furore that preceded last month’s Delhi Half Marathon which took place despite high pollution levels and an appeal by the Indian Medical Association to cancel the event. The second day’s play in the ongoing match was halted for 26 minutes after Sri Lankans complained of breathing problems forcing Indian captain Virat Kohli to declare the innings at 536/7.
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Pacer Suranga Lakmal had a rough time on the field after bowling three overs. Fielding at third man, he started throwing up on the ground and was taken off. In fact, groundsmen had to come out and put sand and sawdust in that particular area. Lakmal later came back and bowled a second spell and was quite impressive. He was one of the rare Lankan players not wearing a mask. The Indian players, however, did not need anti-pollution masks during the 135 odd overs they fielded.