have been India's
68th Test tour
(July - 2012)
have been the eighth Test-playing tour of Sri
Lanka by India
The planned two Test matches against India in July were scrapped and
the tour became just five ODIs and a Twenty20 match. This was partly due to
the players’ hectic schedule and partly because holding limited-overs games
would be of greater financial benefit to Sri Lanka. Many TV viewers were
showing little interest in Test matches whereas one-day games would have a
huge effect on viewing figures.
Sri Lanka Cricket was short of funds after building new stadiums
at Pallekele and Hambantota, and renovating the R Premadas Stadium in Colombo in preparation
for the 2011 World Cup.
Indian players gained a five-week break after the IPL as a result
of cancelling the Test matches
As in the last ODI series between the sides in 2009, India gained
a 4-1 victory.
Earlier, the Madras High Court had heard a petition in March seeking
a halt to India vs Sri Lanka cricket matches because, whenever India beat Sri Lanka, Sinhalese fishermen
would respond by attacking their counterparts on the Tamil Nadu coast.
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