Cricket TV - John Pennington and Amit Masram preview the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, looking at how well Sri Lanka could fare. The 1996 winners are aiming for their second title and finished as runners-up to Australia in 2007.
1996 was when world cricket truly woke up to Sri Lanka. The 66/1 underdogs triumphed in spectacular fashion, changing the complexion of limited-overs cricket forever. Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana hit everything out of sight.
Kumar Sangakkara scored a half-century and Ajantha Mendis took four wickets to underpin Sri Lanka's 26-run victory over the West Indies in the third and final One-Day International in Colombo.
Sangakkara's 75 enabled Sri Lanka to post 277 for nine and Mendis then took four for 46 as a battling West Indies were bowled out for 251 with the result that Sri Lanka took the three-match series by two games to nil.
A match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies produced a positive result for the first time during a tour that began in November when Sri Lanka scored an eight-wicket victory in the second One-Day International in Colombo.
Rain saw all three Tests in November and December drawn and washed out the opening ODI but despite showers again interrupting proceedings, Sri Lanka managed to take a 1-0 series lead.
The Netherlands Women will prepare for their World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins in November, by spending a full fortnight in Sri Lanka in April.
They are scheduled to be in action for 39 days this year including the World Cup qualifier which takes place in Bangladesh.
Opening batsman Adrian Barath scored his maiden One-Day International century as the West Indies posted 245 for five before the opening match against Sri Lanka in Colombo was abandoned due to rain.
Barath made 113 and Ramnaresh Sarwan marked his recall with 75 to lead the tourists to a competitive score in a series rearranged from December - due also to bad weather.
The four-man national selection committee headed by former Test star Aravinda de Silva has picked a fairly balanced side. If sanity prevails, one will understand why they left out stalwarts Chaminda Vaas and explosive opener Sanath Jayasuriya from the final squad.
The reason lies more in balance of the side and clearly identifying roles amongst a group of experienced and young players than pure emotions.
Veterans of Sri Lanka's victorious 1996 World Cup campaign Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas have both been left out of their country's final 15-man squad for the 2011 tournament, which they will co-host.
They had been called up to the provisional squad of 30 names which contained just one uncapped player - Nuwan Pradeep - while also missing out on final selection is off-spinner Suraj Randiv.
As the countdown to the 2011 World Cup continues, Sri Lankan players Lasith Malinga (left) and Tillakaratne Dilshan pose with the trophy as it is exhibited in Colombo.
Sri Lanka are co-hosting the tournament, which gets underway on 19th February 2011, with Bangladesh and India - who meet in the World Cup's opening match in Mirpur.
Sri Lanka have included veterans Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas in their preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup, which gets underway in February.
The pair, who were part of Sri Lanka's squad which won the event in 1996 and finished as runners-up to Australia in 2007, have not featured in international cricket for some time but the door remains open for them to make comebacks.
The One-Day International series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies, scheduled to get underway in Hambantota on 9th December, has been cancelled due to bad weather.
The weather constantly interrupted the three-match Test series and heavy rain played a large part in ensuring the series ended in a 0-0 draw with neither match coming close to producing a positive result.
The four players drafted in specifically for the West Indies' One-Day International series with Sri Lanka, which begins on 9th December in Hambantota, have been talking about their excitement ahead of the first match.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard, batsman Kirk Edwards, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and fast bowler Ravi Rampaul have joined up with the squad in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have named a 16-man squad for the first two One-Day Internationals in their upcoming five-match series against the West Indies.
Joining up with the squad which played through a rain-affected 0-0 draw in the Test series are opener Upul Tharanga, fast bowler Lasith Malinga, batsman Chamara Kapugedara and Chamara Silva, as well all-rounders Jeewan Mendis and Tissara Perera.
The final day of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies was abandoned due to rain in Pallekele and the match was drawn as a result.
Consequently, the series was drawn 0-0 after all three Tests were rain-affected draws with the opening matches in Galle and Colombo also failing to produce a positive result.
Rain once again frustrated both Sri Lanka and the West Indies on day four of the third and final Test match in Pallekele, with the result that with a day to go, the tourists are still to complete their first innings.
The West Indies closed the day on 303 for eight as Rangana Herath returned figures of four for 54 before the weather closed in to force a premature end.
The third day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies was rained off in Pallekele as the bad weather continues to hamper the series.
The West Indies remain on 244 for five in their first innings after Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Brendan Nash and Shivnarine Chanderpaul all scored half-centuries over the first two days.
The rain again played spoilsport on day two of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Pallekele with a little over a session's worth of play possible.
The West Indies managed to advance their score from 134 for two to 244 for five as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash joined Darren Bravo and Devon Smith in making half-centuries.
The West Indies had the better of a shortened opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele as half-centuries from Devon Smith and Darren Bravo saw them close on 135 for two.
Darren Bravo was unbeaten on 64 as he registered his third half-century of the series and Smith marked his recall to the side in the absence of Adrian Barath by making 55.
Barbados batsman Kirk Edwards has been given a call-up as the West Indies named a 15-man squad for the series of five One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka.
Edwards is one of four players who will join up with the squad already in Sri Lanka ahead of the first ODI on 9th December in Hambantota.
The final day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies saw wickets tumble before the match ended up in a draw with bad light ending play early.
The West Indies ended the match in the unsteady position of 12 for two in their second innings having been set 202 to win when the umpires decided that conditions were unsuitable for any further play.