Indian cricketers face the daunting twin tasks of leaving behind the IPL spot-fixing scam and adapting to the tough conditions as they begin their preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy with a warm-up game against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Some on-field action will help divert the attention from the scandal, which has tarnished the reputation of Indian cricket.
The conditions favour India’s fast bowlers but they need to sort out their line and length. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already said that they will follow a five-bowler strategy.
Each team will have 11 players on the field. However, the captains have an option to use additional players from the 15-member squad.