Packed International cricket schedule for Sri Lanka in 2021 | Daily News

Packed International cricket schedule for Sri Lanka in 2021

Emirates Riverside will host the first ODI between England and Sri Lanka
Emirates Riverside will host the first ODI between England and Sri Lanka

After going through a barren period this year, Sri Lanka will have a packed international schedule in 2021 with not less than 10 One Day Internationals (ODI) lined-up from June onwards.

However, Sri Lanka’s international programme for 2021 will commence with back-to-back Test matches against England at the Galle Stadium in January.

This Test series of course, was earlier, schedule to be played in March this year but was postponed at the eleventh hour due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sri Lanka would then travel to England in July for a crucial Royal London ODI series, which will be part of the new 2020/22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, which will carry 30 points per series with 10 points per match.

England are currently on top of the Super League Points Table with 30 points followed by Pakistan (20), Australia (20), Zimbabwe (10) and Ireland (10).

Sri Lanka along with India, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan are yet to play a series in the ICC Super League Tournament.

Sri Lanka will begin their ICC Super League series against England on June 29, with the first ODI at the Emirates Riverside in Durham. In fact, Sri Lanka carries happy memories at this venue having defeated the West Indies by 23 runs in their previous outing at this ground, which was also part of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England.

Sri Lanka would then move to the historic Kia Oval in London, which will host the second ODI between the two countries on July 1.

Sri Lanka’s previous outing at this ground ended in disappointment as they were soundly beaten against Australia by 87 runs in their ICC World Cup fixture last year.

Sri Lanka’s third and final ODI fixture against England will be played on July 4 at the Bristol County Ground.

Sri Lanka’s two ICC Cricket World Cup matches last year, at this ground were abandoned due to bad weather, against Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively.

Sri Lanka are also set to host India for a three-match ODI series and for five T20 Internationals in the month of July/August soon after the 2021 Indian Premier League.

Thereafter, Sri Lanka are scheduled to host the Asia Cup Tournament with the participation of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and a qualifier team.