India will play Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series in NovemberPal Pillai/Sportzpics/BCCI

Well, that did not take too long!

Just a few hours after West Indies intimated to the BCCI that they will be pulling out of the rest of the India tour, the Indian cricket board moves swiftly to arrange an ODI series with Sri Lanka, which suits all parties perfectly considering the fact that the ICC Cricket World Cup is just four months away.

The West Indies decided to leave the tour prematurely, after the 4th ODI currently being played in Dharamsala, to try and sort out the pay dispute with the West Indies Players' Association and the West Indies Cricket Board, which has caused so much problem to the WI players.

The BCCI worded a strong statement expressing their disappointment at the decision, but have moved in double quick time to schedule a series with their neighbours Sri Lanka.

"Following the decision of the WICB to cancel its ongoing tour of India, the BCCI commenced discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket for a limited-overs series in India in November 2014," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

"Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed a five-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka, to be played from 1 November 2014. The series promises to be an exciting one, with Sri Lanka placed 4th in the world rankings in ODIs. India is ranked 3rd, with only 2 points separating the teams.

"The BCCI wishes to thank SLC for its swift response and for extending its support to ensure that the international cricket season is not curtailed.

"The details of the venues and fixtures will be announced soon."

Sri Lanka will now have an overload of ODI cricket, with the Islanders also scheduled to play seven ODIs with England starting late next month.

But, it will be nice to see the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, for what could well be one final time, on Indian shores again.

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