India enter the contest as favourites © Getty Images
India enter the contest as favourites © Getty Images

The Nidahas Trophy will be played after 20 years, to mark Sri Lanka‘s 70 years of Independence. The T20I tri-series will be contested by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. To commemorate the occasion, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will provide special gold-plated coins for the toss before all seven matches. This was confirmed by SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala. The tickets for the tournament opener, between India and Sri Lanka on March 6, have been sold out. The final of the tournament will be played on March 18. Curiously, all three sides will be led by stand-in captains — Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka), Rohit Sharma (India) and Mahmudullah (Bangladesh).