Guwahati, India, 2nd January 2020: Assam had a bad December in 2019. It witnessed a considerable nuisance in the previous month as protests were going on against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The state had not accepted the decision fearing that the local culture would get disturbed because of the refugees and this protest affected Ranji and U-19 matches which were supposed to be conducted in the state.
The protest leads to internet loss and curfew, which greatly affected the general routines of the people and businesses. But the New Year has brought good things with it. The first being- welcoming the Sri Lankan team for the T20i match to be held in the state. Let’s begin by 2020 with T20i series- a happy start especially for the cricket fans across the country.
The Sri Lankan cricket crew, under the guidance, if the skipper Lasith Malinga, landed here on Thursday for the three-match T20 game against India in the midst of tight security. The individuals from the Indian group are said to arrive on Friday for the match that would begin on Sunday. The second T20 will be played in Indore on January 7th while Pune will witness the last match of the series on January 10th 2020.
The short arrangement will check the Twenty20 World Cup commencement for the two neighboring nations. Previous captain Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva have been reviewed to the 16-part Sri Lankan squad. Mathews last played a T20I against South Africa in August 2018.
For India, the arrangement will stamp the arrival of their pace lead by the local Speedster- Jasprit Bumrah, who has recently recovered from a lower back medical procedure, while opener Shikhar Dhawan will likewise make a comeback. Opener Rohit Sharma and pacer Mohammed Shami have been chosen for the three T20Is.
Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (skipper), Danushka Gunatilleke, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Dasan Fernando, Wanidu Raja, Kasun Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Moonakan.
It is refreshing to know that Guwahati is coming back on its own feet after the black December of the previous year. The tourism and local routines are said to be coming back on track too.
(Article source: The Hindu)