Sri Lanka and Pakistan to play day/night Test in Dubai

R Ashwin is among the India players who could benefit from a stint in county cricket ahead of next year's Test tour

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been called to replace Jadeja in the third test. India completed a series win by securing the second Test in Colombo on Sunday by an innings and 53 runs and shortly after, ICC announced that Jadeja has been handed a one-match ban.

Cheteshwar Pujara has been the rock for India this series providing the foundation for two 600 run plus first innings scores so far with a pair of hundreds.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka would be high on confidence after recently winning the one-off Test against Zimbabwe by four wickets in Colombo.

In response to Shastri's comments, where he had pleased Virat Kohli and Co calling it the best Indian team in last two decades, Azharuddin said the Indian coach is being disrespectful to himself too as he was also a part of the teams that played in last two decades.

Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, a government minister, has blamed Sri Lanka's losses on SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala and accused him of links to gambling, a claim Sumathipala denies. Shastri also made a bold statement, saying that the teams of the past with two decades of experience could not do what the current lot has achieved. "So we're looking forward to that", he remarked. "Yesterday, we took an off voluntarily, and today, it just happened to rain". India has never played a Test at the venue.

Kohli also clarified that he has no problems playing the upcoming limited overs series against Sri Lanka amid speculation that he may be rested keeping in mind a long season ahead. Kuldeep Yadav impressed the India captain a lot in the West Indies, which shows India have woken up to the need of a genuine wristspinner given the flat pitches in ODIs. People sometimes end up doing too much at practice, and then, maybe, you don't recover for a game. As a team we're hoping to win this game. "I think that's his biggest quality".

On Tuesday, Ravindra Jadeja overtook Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan to become the number one Test all-rounder, in addition to being the number one Test bowler already. Therefore, India will definitely miss the services of the one of their most important bowlers in recent times.But Jadeja's suspension throws up a golden chance for youngster Kuldeep Yadav to showcase his talent on foreign soil. Not only their batsmen, bowlers like R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have run through the opponents batting line-up.

If the home team thought a change of place and atmosphere -- moving from the coastal region to the hilly terrain of Kandy would bring a change in fortune, it doesn't seem the cricket gods are smiling on Sri Lanka.

"We [team management and selectors] are going to sit down on selection soon and we certainly have plans in mind and combinations that we want to speak about".

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