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West Indies tour dates to Sri Lanka have been confirmed

 

The West Indies Men’s Team commence their first away series of 2020 with three One-day and two Twenty20 internationals in Sri Lanka from February 22 to March 6.

The one-day matches will be the final bilateral series West Indies will play before the Caribbean side and all the top thirteen teams participate in newly formed ICC ODI league that runs from May 2020 - March 31, 2022.

In this new limited overs cycle under the 2019 - 2023 Future Tours Programme (FTP) established by the ICC to bring greater context to international cricket fixtures, the seven highest-ranked teams apart from India – who gained automatically entry as tournament hosts – will qualify for the 2023 World Cup.

Following the 3 - 0 ODI series clean sweeps against Afghanistan and Ireland, the West Indies currently sit in 9th position with 80 points with Sri Lanka in 8th place on 81 points.

A series win for West Indies will move them into 8th position ahead of Sri Lanka in the official ICC ODI Team Rankings, ahead of the first ODI league matches at home in July against current number three ODI ranked team, New Zealand.

The T20Is provide West Indies the opportunity to win their first T20I rubber since the 2-1 series victory over Bangladesh in December 2018 as they continue to build momentum ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia in October 2020, a country where the team won their first T20 World Cup title in 2012.

Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams on the series importance said: 

“The Sri Lanka series allows us to continue the process of building towards this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia as well as the longer term goal of automatic qualification for the next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023. Playing in unfamiliar conditions should be a good test for both of our squads.”

 West Indies Tour of Sri Lanka 2020

The West Indies National Team will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 10th February, 2020 to play 03 ODIs and 02 T20i games.

The tour schedule is given below. DATE

MATCH

VENUE

REMARKS

17th February, 2020

Warm Up Game

P. Sara Oval

Unofficial

20th February, 2020

Warm Up Game with Board President’s XI

CMCG, Katunayake

Official

22nd February, 2020

01st ODI

SSC, Colombo

Day Game

26th February, 2020

02nd ODI

MRICS, Hambantota

Day / Night

01st March, 2020

03rd ODI

PKICS, Kandy

Day / Night

04th March, 2020

01st T20

PKICS, Kandy

Night

06th March, 2020

02nd T20

PKICS, Kandy

Night

West Indies will arrive early in order to prepare for the series and the initial warm up game ( 17th February) will be part of its preparation efforts, before the tour officially commences with the Warm Up Game with the Board President’s XI to be played on the 20th February, 2020.