Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga has slammed Sri Lanka Cricket for agreeing to host a “second-string Indian team” in a white-ball series later this month.

India and Sri Lanka are due to compete in three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals this month. With India’s major stars in England for an upcoming Test series, the team here is being led by opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and features half a dozen uncapped players.

“This is a second-string Indian team and their coming here is an insult on our cricket. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them due to television marketing needs,” Ranatunga, a government minister until two years ago, told reporters at his residence.

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“India sent their best team to England and sent a weaker side to play here. I blame our board for that,” added the legendary…

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