There's a One-Day International series between India and Sri Lanka round the corner - again. In Sri Lanka, as always. I'm beginning to think that whenever there is a gap between series for the Indian team, the Sri Lankan team is free and willing to host them. This happens with such alarming regularity - Mohandas Menon will be able to provide the exact details - that sometimes, when the Indian team is not scheduled to play, I find myself checking to see if they are, indeed, playing an ODI series in Sri Lanka. The answer is usually, though not always, no.
In any case, 2012 is exactly like 2008 in that when the Beijing Olympics was on, the Indians were touring Sri Lanka. That was probably a planned tour because India played a full series of three Tests and five ODIs. This time, having been arranged out of turn, it's just five ODIs and a Twenty20 International. And it will all be climaxing when the London Olympics are on.
I remember the 2008 series very clearly, because it was the only time in the seven years I spent as a broadcast journalist that - for a while at least - cricket stopped being the top news on TV channels. There are three Cs that make news TV work: crime, cinema and cricket. Calamity is the unspoken fourth C and, at the cost of sounding facetious, the one that TV waits for. Crime and cinema bring in viewers when they are 'appealing' enough. But cricket - well, that's the one you can count on. It's all scheduled. You know the period in which you need to line up two-three former cricketers of repute. The sponsors are ready and waiting. It's all quite simple.