West Indies in Sri Lanka 2010-11 December 9, 2010

ODI series postponed due to bad weather

ESPNcricinfo staff

The confusion surrounding the one-day leg of West Indies' tour of Sri Lanka has ended with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announcing that the five-match series has been postponed to late January 2011 because of the bad weather all across the island. The decision, made after an understanding was reached by the boards and the television partner, was announced shortly before the first ODI was scheduled to begin in rain-hit Hambantota. West Indies will fly home on Friday.

"The weather in Sri Lanka has been most disappointing throughout the tour and a practical decision had to be taken in the best interest of cricket, the fans and the players," WICB chief executive, Ernest Hilaire, said. "It made little sense to have the teams turn up for matches which they knew were not going to take place and this would have caused frustrations to fans and officials as well.

"The weather is beyond any of our control and the WICB will now work with Sri Lanka Cricket to ensure that the matches are rescheduled to a time when the weather is more favourable for cricket."

There was no clarity over whether the ODI series would be postponed or not on the eve of the first ODI in Hambantota, where it had been raining incessantly. Reports had suggested that SLC and the West Indies board were working on rescheduling the series, but SLC denied this, while the West Indies team management would not officially comment on the development. Adding to the confusion was Chris Gayle's Twitter update - the former West Indies captain tweeted as early as Wednesday afternoon that the series had been officially called off and that he was headed out of the country.

Brian Thomas, SLC's media manager, told ESPNcricinfo that the two boards were "looking at postponing the series yesterday [Wednesday]." He said the delay in the making the decision was because they decided to wait one more day to see if the weather would improve.

Rain has been the only constant during this ill-timed tour, with the players spending most of the time during the drawn three-Test series in dressing rooms. The weather-induced stalemate pushed Sri Lanka from third to fifth in the ICC Test rankings, and Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, went on to describe the series as the worst of his life.

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  • Fidel on December 15, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    I hope this doesnt become another of our usual player vs WICB because the potential rescheduled dates coincide with the big bash in australia. I hope the WICB handles things better this time.

  • Sewwandi on December 13, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    it rained lyk hell.... da team went... no cricket un de xmas hols.......& nw da suns out again......... i say cancel da WI tour cuz it'll start 2 rain again in Jan-Feb!!! & it'll b an advantage 4 da WI team 2 get use 2 da veneus....................

  • Thilina on December 13, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    So right after the series is called off from next day it stopped raining and sun is out,funny

  • Gaurav on December 11, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    @sadSajith-Thanks for nice words mate and thanks for welcoming too.

  • Sajitha on December 11, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    @grvdubey I hope my previous comments not effecting you and Indians like you.It's just a battle between "some" Indians and "some" Sri Lankans.You are most welcome to the articles.

  • Amila on December 11, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    This is so funny that they called off the series. Ever since the windies left sri lanka the raining has stopped. Might return when windies return in January.

  • Gaurav on December 11, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    @sadSajith-I agree England too have a good chance.India and Srilanka will play at home and both teams are in great form with very good captains like Dhoni and Sanga so they have edge over other teams .England ,SA and hopefully Aussies will also do well in coming world cup.Asian teams have done very well since 1983 world cup, India winning in 83, Pak in 92, Srilanka in 96, then 99 Pak playing final, 2004 India playing final and in 2007 Srilanka playing final again.I must say you guys have an excellent team which is as good as world cup 96 winner team.Majority of Indians including me will cheer for old friends Srilanka and SA along with India.I dearly hope this time Asian team lifts the trophy (India or SL) , not Aussies.

  • Sajitha on December 11, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    @Hema_Adhikari thanks for worrying about Sri Lanka but you are calling the team who made it to semi finals last time, a average team.It's alright but the problem is then what about the teams who knocked out from group stages.OK never mind it.It surprise me why lot of Indian fans putting comments here.Some people says "dogs bark louder when they scared".Don't care about those people.Put your comments here anytime.

  • Sajitha on December 11, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    @grvdubey I wish the same and thanks for analyze.England also have a good chance of winning the world cup. /// @lankarminnows again you are correct buddy but not 100%.It's true we never won a bilateral series against India in India but we have won in Sri Lanka and most of them won by India.But the amazing thing is even after that in multination tournaments Sri Lanka far ahead.And we didn't talk about something "happened looong time ago by fluke".It's just about 2007 world cup.If 1996 is long ago I have to ask when did India won a world cup.I heard they won one in 1980s(my "cricketing knowledge seems to be pretty ordinary") but I wasn't fortunate to watch it because when it happens I wasn't even born.I hope you were.The nearest thing happened between India and Sri Lanka was Sri Lanka won triangular series.wasn't it?///@sundar_indian talking about decency,We never wright" India is a lower team and Sri Lanka is the best" in Indian articles.

  • Hema on December 11, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    SL is an average team; why some SL supporters don't accept this simple fact. Finding fault with india will not make ur team great, whining has to stop. Right now SL does not have half-decent bowler or a batsman on whom flat track bully titile does not apply, that is sad in a way. SL has produced world class batsman in the past: Arvinda Desilva.

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