Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday responded to former captain Arjuna Ranatunga who had criticised the board for agreeing to play against a “second-string Indian team” in the upcoming white-ball series, starting july 13. The cricket board refuted Ranatunga’s claims, saying the Indian team, led by Shikhar Dhawan, is a strong side.
Sri Lanka Cricket pointed out that 14 of the 20 players have played for India across all formats and the Dhawan-led side is a “strong” one.
Out of the 20-member India squad, 14 players have represented India across all formats or in some form. (Test, ODI, or T20i), and not a ‘second string team,’ as claimed.
It also should be mentioned that this tour is taking place, whilst the National Test Team of India is touring England to play a 05 match test series, vs England.
This is the latest norm in the cricketing world, especially the full ICC Member countries, as they maintain specialist squads and players for each format of the game.
The aim of such arrangements is to be competitive in each format of the game by maintaining specialist players and squads.
Apart from it, maintaining separate squads enable cricketing boards to fulfill their international commitments unhindered, such as the ICC Future Tours Program.