After a lot of contemplation, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed their all-format home series against Sr Lanka, marking the return of international cricket in the country.
Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies commences next month on March 3rd and will extend till April 2nd. The tour comprises three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Test matches. All the T20I matches will be held in the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) in Antigua. It would the first occasion after 2013 that the West Indies Men’s team will play at the CCG. All the matches of the other formats will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS).
All the ODI matches will form part of the ICC Super League and subsequently serve the teams an opportunity to qualify for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India, while the Test matches forms part of the ICC World Test Championship.
CWI informed that the series will take place in a bio-secure bubble environment. The board has decided not to allow spectators in the stadium.
“We are pleased to be able to finally confirm this tour. A number of COVID-19 related logistic hurdles have now been overcome and I want to thank Sri Lankan Cricket President, Shammi Silva and his team, for their co-operation in honouring their obligation to tour under the ICC FTP Agreement. We are also extremely grateful for the support we received from the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda, and St. Lucia in planning this tour,” CWI President Ricky Skerritt said.
“We are delighted to be able to re-start international cricket in the West Indies, with the announcement of the tour by Sri Lanka. We have a full schedule featuring all three formats, which is sure to attract lots of attention from our fans, especially following on from the terrific Test Series win in Bangladesh. A lot of detailed planning has gone into the hosting of this tour and we are confident it will be a success,” CWI CEO Johnny Grave stated.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka Match Fixtures
|1st T20I||03.03.21||Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG)|
|2nd T20I||05.03.21||Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG)|
|3rd T20I||07.03.21||Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG)|
|1st ODI||10.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|
|2nd ODI||12.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|
|3rd ODI (day-night)||14.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|
|1st Test||21.03.21-25.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|
|2nd Test||29.03.21-02.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|