It's no secret that a tour by the Indian cricket team results in a major payday for any host country. And now that Sri Lanka Cricket has done the BCCI a favour by agreeing to fill in for the West Indies in a five-match ODI series on short notice, the island nation is looking for a quid pro quo next year.
Instead of Sri Lanka touring India for three Tests in August next year, according to the amended Future Tours Programme, SLC wants to host the series.
Interestingly, for the innumerable ODIs the two teams have played with each other, India and Sri Lanka haven't played a Test together since 2010. That's when India last toured their neighbours, while the Sri Lankans last played a Test on Indian soil way back in 2009.
"As we are obliging India with a five match ODI series there next month, India are obliged to return the tour next year and we have switched the Test series," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
"The talks of the series are still in the preliminary stages, so it's too early to confirm it. But we are looking forward to host India," an SLC official added.
SLC is also expected to make around $7-8 million by hosting the three Tests against India. There has been no word from the Indian board, which will only decide its future course of action at an emergent meeting of its working meeting slated to be held on Tuesday.
The meeting was scheduled after the West Indies team aborted its tour midway and returned home post the fourth ODI in Dharamsala.
The BCCI will take a final call on the venues and the dates for the Sri Lanka ODIs in this meeting, with the five cities that were scheduled to host the remaining ODIs against Windies - Kolkata (5th ODI), Cuttack (T20I), Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad (all Tests) - favourites to get the five new ODIs.