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Sri Lanka Cricket Team Future Tour Programs

April 19, 2014

Courtesy of Harry De Sayrah


May2014
Sri Lanka tour of Ireland 2014
Matches: 2 ODI
Venue: Ireland

May-Jun 2014
Sri Lanka tour of England 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: England
July 2014
South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI
Venue: Sri Lanka
August 2014
Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2014
Champions League T20 2014
Matches: 29 T20
Venue: India
Nov-Dec 2014
England tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Dec 2014-Jan 2015
Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2014-15
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: New Zealand
Jan-Feb 2015
Australia Tri Series 2015
Matches: 5 ODI
Venue: Australia
Feb-Mar 2015
Cricket World Cup 2015
Matches: 49 ODI
Venue: Australia/New Zealand
Apr-May 2015
Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Jul-Aug 2015
New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2015
Champions League T20 2015
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2015
West Indies tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Dec 2015-Jan 2016
Sri Lanka tour of India 2015-16
Matches: 3 Test
Venue: India
Feb-Mar 2016
Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Mar-Apr 2016
T20 World Cup 2016
Matches: 27 T20
Venue: India
May-Jun 2016
Sri Lanka tour of England 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: England
May 2016
West Indies Tri Series 2016
Matches: 7 ODI
Venue: West Indies
Jul-Aug 2016
Australia tour of Sri Lanka 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2016
Champions League T20 2016
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2016
Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2016
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Zimbabwe
Nov 2016-Jan 2017
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2016-17
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: South Africa
June 2017
World Test Championship 2017
Matches: 3 Test
Venue: England
Jul-Sep 2017
India tour of Sri Lanka 2017
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2017
Champions League T20 2017
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Dec 2017
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2017
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Pakistan/UAE
January 2018
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2018
Matches: 3 ODI
Venue: Bangladesh
Mar-Apr 2018
Sri Lanka tour of India 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: India
Jun-Jul 2018
Sri Lanka tour of West Indies 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: West Indies
September 2018
Champions League T20 2018
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2018
England tour of Sri Lanka 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
December 2018
Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: New Zealand
Jan-Feb 2019
Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2019
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Australia
Feb-Apr 2019
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2019
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: South Africa
May-Sep 2019
South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2019
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Jun-Jul 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Matches: 48 ODI
Venue: England
Sep-Oct 2019
Champions League T20 2019
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
October 2019
Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka 2019
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
February 2020
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2020
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Bangladesh

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Sri Lanka’s Costly Cricket Stadiums

February 20, 2014

The government had spent Rs. 413 million as administrative expenditure of seven cricket grounds during the past five years, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament yesterday. The cricket grounds were R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Welagedara Cricket Stadium, Surrey Cricket Ground, and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.

Minister Aluthgamage responding to a question raised by UNP Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayake said that in addition to this sum, another Rs. 7054 million have been spent for these stadiums as capital expenditure. Read the rest of this entry ?

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R. I. P. Cricket ….. courtesy of Indian hegemony in the ICC

February 15, 2014

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Neil Perera challenges Indian hegemony in the governance of cricket

January 30, 2014

Neil Perera, courtesy of The Island

The Sports Editor, The Island
Colombo.

Dear Sir,                              

B.C.C.I. Hegemony at the I.C.C…  The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have, it appears forgotten the days when the England and Australian Cricket  Boards dominated the International Cricket Council till about 2 decades ago, when these 2 countries had Veto Powers which could throw out any proposal put forward by the other countries. Sri Lanka was the country that was worst affected, in that both England and Australian Cricket Boards vetoed our application for Full Membership for nearly ten years. (We first applied for full membership in the early seventies) Thereafter the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) successfully spearheaded a proposal to abolish the Veto Powers of these two dominant members of the ICC in the early 1990’s and was ably supported by the Indian and Pakistan Cricket Boards(PCB) .

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Atherton’s Initial Response: a power grab damn it!

January 30, 2014

atherton  22Michael Atherton, 29 January 2014 in the Sydney Morning Herald, where the title reads “Atherton blasts ‘big-three’ plan

Former England captain Michael Atherton and a leading global anti-corruption watchdog have joined the chorus of criticism regarding plans to effectively cede control of world cricket to India, Australia and England.

Leaked draft proposals to be discussed at a two-day International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Dubai on Tuesday and Wednesday call for more decision-making powers for a three-strong group of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board, who between them represent the game’s wealthiest nations. Read the rest of this entry ?

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It’s the end of the ICC world that we used to sort-of know

January 30, 2014

Michael Atherton, in The Times, 30 January 2014 with some liberties in altering the title

“A DONE deal,” is how, last Thursday, Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, described the negotiations over the draft proposal for an overhaul of the finances, governance and future shape of world cricket. He was almost right. Yesterday the ICC issued a statement saying that it agreed, in principle if not yet in fine detail, to the proposal as it prepared to hand control to India, England and Australia.

AthertonAs a body, the ICC will not be missed. Incompetent, wasteful, as the draft proposal hammered home time and again, and self-interested, the directors had a chance to make a stand for something better and brighter, but chose instead to accept the scraps and the concessions on offer. In this, of course, there was absolutely no surprise. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Arjuna Ranatunga lashes out

October 15, 2013

Courtesy of The Island, 15 October 2013, where the title reads:“We can’t learn from India anymore, says Arjuna”

There was a time when the budding cricketers of Sri Lanka looked up to India for learning the nuances of the game, but former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels this can no longer happen due to the advent of Twenty20. “It’s unfortunate that most youngsters only want to play the shorter version for financial gains. Let’s be very clear that India won’t have any more Sachin Tendulkars or a Sunil Gavaskars. You won’t find the elegance of Tiger Pataudi,” the World Cup winning Lankan captain told a select gathering, after a seminar at the FICCI here on Sunday. It was a part of our learning process as youngsters looked up to Indian cricket. I don’t think we can learn anything from India anymore,” Ranatunga said, when asked whether the rise of Twenty20 will lead to India playing a lesser number of Test matches in the near future.

The 49-year-old, who played 93 Tests and 269 ODIs for his country, also seemed disappointed with the way Indian cricket board has functioned over the past few years. “I think that the BCCI should come under the Right To Information (RTI) act as they are not answerable to anyone, not even to their union sports ministry. That’s why they do whatever they want. In Sri Lanka, at least we have the right to criticise Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in parliament and get it corrected,” Ranatunga stated.

He is not against politicians entering sports administration, but feels technical decisions should be taken by cricketers in the board. “Cricketing decisions should be limited to cricketers. That’s the reason I feel insecure as a cricketer when I find that a player of (Dilip) Vengsarkar’s stature loses to a politician. (Vengsarkar had lost the MCA polls to Vilasrao Deshmukh).”

Someone who doesn’t mince words, Ranatunga was very vocal about how SLC is not ready to handle the transition phase once veterans Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara call time on their career. “When we (and Aravinda de Silva) were getting old, we introduced Sanath (Jayasuriya) as vice-captain. Also we had players like Marvan Atapattu, Russel Arnold, with whom we persisted for a long time.

“You need to give players a long rope and not discard them after one or two failures. That’s how you build a team,” the former skipper stated.

As has been his philosophy regarding T20 cricket, Ranatunga is certainly not amused that Lasith Malinga decided to forego his Test career to prolong his future in limited overs and especially, T20. “If I start speaking about Malinga, I don’t know where it will end. I believe that when he first expressed his desire to retire from Tests and play only ODIs and T20, the captain should have spoken to him. I believe there shouldn’t be any ‘exceptionally separate’ cricketer in a group. In a team, all are equals. During our time, Aravinda (De Silva) was a world class player. But he was never treated differently from others,” he said.

Ranatunga is also peeved that a lot of cricketers seek political interference to get their job done.

“The moment you try to take any action against errant cricketers, he invariably goes to a politician and the person who is trying to set things in order is then removed. I am glad that the new chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya has a long-term vision. Hopefully, he would be able to deliver the goods.”

The portly cricketer feels that regulation of sports betting won’t be of any help to cure the malaise of match-fixing or spot-fixing.

“I don’t agree that the regulation of sports betting can change the scenario, as there are no guarantees that you can keep away the unwanted elements from an organized sector.”

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