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

ODI series postponed due to bad weather

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • cricketloverbones 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.

  • proudlySL 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....................

  • darkmon.SL 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

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

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

  • sadSajith 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.

  • ARJa 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.

  • CandidIndian 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.

  • sadSajith 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.

  • sadSajith 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_Adhikari 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.

  • cricketloverbones 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.

  • proudlySL 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....................

  • darkmon.SL 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

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

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

  • sadSajith 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.

  • ARJa 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.

  • CandidIndian 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.

  • sadSajith 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.

  • sadSajith 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_Adhikari 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.

  • 9ST9 on December 11, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    @lankarminnows - thanks for hoping SL do beat kenya unlike in 2003.(But SL did make it to the semi's) I too sincerely hope india beat bangladesh unlike in 2007 where you guys failed to make it past the first round and exited along with Bermuda.

  • CandidIndian on December 10, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Good decision to postpone .I think luck and rain saved WI otherwise they would have lost to Srilanka in test series and they surely will lose in ODIs to come.I read an article about Roach being proud of drawn series , well he should be proud of his luck for sure.Without any rain and with same team which played against our team (Indians) recently in a test series which ended at 1-1, Srilanka would have packed WI .If WI manages to win a single ODI in Srilanka it would be great achievement for them.If we go by consistent performances and form since last 2 years , Srilanka , India and South Africa are favorites to win world cup , though i would love to see a Srilanka vs India final.May the best team wins.

  • Nagpur-nationalist on December 10, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    WHY NOT BUILD AN INDOOR STADIUM in Colombo? So much cricket is lost due to rain in Sri Lanka- lets invest some money and build an indoor stadium at the place where it is needed the most- SRI LANKA and not Melbourne...No issues with Melbourne stadium, but Sri Lanka needs one.

  • on December 10, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Postponing the ODI series to January is a good move, bcos it will be 1 month away from the world cup, so this will give SriLankan and WI team some match practices..

  • lankarminnows on December 10, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    @sadsajith ,don simon...my dear sirs what all things you are talking about happened looong time ago by fluke, and are meaningless. when was it that slanka won a bilateral series against India? Can't remeber? Even I can't. Slanka have failed to put up a fight even in their own backyard against the powerful Indians or any other team for that matter. Besides this, your cricketing knowledge seems to be pretty ordinary..India holds ODI rubber against all cricketing teams, I'm not surprised you did not know this. Come to the reality slnka 0 - windies 0. that is c slanka = no 5 in test rankings. QED anyway hope you manage to win against kenya unlike 2003 wc, i shall cheer yr team like a good cricket supporter.

    win or a loss is a part of game. you win some u lose some, it is the charisma of a team that counts, and India has lots of it.

  • sundar_indian on December 10, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    hello srilanka... u r very gud team but y u did't won a single test match in india then how to say u r best team.... first tell randiv to show a decent cricket... if u won last two r three series means u r best team in the world?.....lol

  • sadSajith on December 10, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    @lankarminnows yeah it's rare in our history that we managed to defeat a team mightier than us.We managed to beat India 3 times in WC and last ODI tournament but we can't count it because they are not a good team.So we enjoying the win in Australia.You guys are very lucky because as a lower team any win you guys get is a win against a mightier team.Because Australia,Pakistan,Sri Lanka,England,South Africa,West Indies all are better than you.Cheers for you guys....hope you would win against Bangladesh in WC it will be a historical achievement for India.

  • Don_Simon on December 10, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    @ lankarminnows: Talking about chickening out..Do you remember 96 WC Semis ? I think you are still feeling the aftereffects...

  • cricketforpeace on December 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    I have lived in Sri Lanka for many years and can understand the weather concerns for the ongoing cricket series. Every year from October to end November is the peak rainy season in Sri Lanka, specially the western and southern parts of Sri Lanka. In 2002, the Champions Trophy finals between India & Sri Lanka were rained off including on the reserve day(The trophy was shared). In 2004, there were heavy floods in Ratnapura district, leading to heavy loss of property and even lives. It simply rains torrentially this time of the year. hence, it does not make any sense to have scheduled a cricket series with West Indies in the first place!

  • visualdp on December 10, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    @lankarminnows: Ha ha mate u r getting bad tempered every time, each time I read articles about my Sri Lanka, this dearest friend ( cannot handle any true scenarios: no need to mention) is appearing. any way looking forward to see you every time :) Ok talking about this tournament, actually nothing to talk about only dull ,cold & wet weather dominated each time. But this is apparently a good decision to postpone. Hope the weather will be great for WC 2011.

  • lankarminnows on December 10, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    @ cricket pissek...haha go and give sane advice to yr board who can't even plan a series properly, they need it the most. and yes keep smiling cos such instances are rare in yr history where u manage to defeat a team mightier than yrs.

    @ sadsajith...thanks mate for calling me funny. i guess yr cricket team is funnier than they are over rated...

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 10, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Martin Hooks prediction has come true. SL will have to request India to host their home matches soon just like pakistan and England swap. Wow Martin you are a legend.

  • rhavs on December 9, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    We don't deserve to be 5th in test tables but so is life. We can bounce back though. Hopefully.

  • popahwheely on December 9, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    what a shame was hoping to see some action...windies were looking up to the fight.

  • LakmalPhysics_Mom on December 9, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    good decision to postpone...

  • sadSajith on December 9, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    @lankarminnows hey funny guy still angry with Sri Lanka after 2007 world cup group stage defeat?Oh come on mate it's not our fault it's totally Bangladeshis.Who knows maybe this time also they could do it.But I still think India had shown some improve 2007.They didn't burn that ground like they did 1996.Hey Sri Lankans show some mercy for this guy. you know some people were created like this.

  • CricketPissek on December 9, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    @lankarminnows - ur choice of username guarantees nobody will take you seriously. so please stop acting like you're serious. sri lankan cricket fans have better things to worry about than noise made by immature brats like yourself. we're still smiling after beating Australia away :)

  • V.GOMES on December 9, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    The only thing that happened in this tour was that Sri Lanka managed to go down from 3 to 5 in ranking without a single complete game being played.

  • on December 9, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Well, its a good decision. Even in the January this series will be a good wold cup preparation.

  • on December 9, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    OK...SLC should look for 3rd team like South Africa or Bangaladesh to stage the ODI tri-Series in Sri Lanka Januray. Sri Lanka must play some trainning matches in new grounds. Very bad administration and preparations for the WC by SLC....with half buit stadiums.... ?????

  • lankarminnows on December 9, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    i feel lanka have chickened out of the odi series against windies, hiding behind rains as excuse, just the way they chickened out of the delhi odi by saying that the pitch was unplayable- true that the fear of a loss makes people do strange things.

  • westindies4life on December 9, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Hey, if these matches are played in January this will mean that WI 20/20 competition will have to be posted rite? also this will mean that Gayle, Bravo & Pollard will not be available for selection as they will be in Australia taking part in the " Big Bash" as they are not on contracts.

  • on December 9, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    well,but today didnt rain much as expected to hambantota.we could have atleast a 30-30 encounter.

  • KP_84 on December 9, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Why did they schedule international cricket during the monsson season anyway? They also did this in 2007, when the Test series against England was played around this time of the year. In the end, Sri Lanka only won that series 1 - 0 despite dominating the Poms in all three Tests. If not for the rain, SL would have won this series 2 - 0, and they would have remained steady at no. 3 in the Test rankings - thanks to the 0 - 0 result, they are now fifth! Nice going SLC administrators!

  • BDKu on December 9, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    You can get WI,PAK and NZ to come to SL for a Quadrangular

  • on December 9, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    will rain GOD show some mercy in Jan

  • aruna.b.herath on December 9, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    end of feb and march is the dry seasons. need not to worry abt WC

  • shashika68c on December 9, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Rain rain go away come again another day..................................."

    WI WI go away (Friday) come again another day (January)

    Rain rain (do not) go away (do not) come again another day (January)............!!!

  • Sm0kE on December 9, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    tri-series with Pakistan is not possible because they will be playing ODI series in Jan-Feb 2011 against the Kiwis

  • Abdul-Jabbar on December 9, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Good decision. A tri-series between WI-Pak-SL in Jan-2010 is a good idea.

  • anver777 on December 9, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    Man of the series.......WEATHER GOD !!!!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    thats cool ...its better than washout......

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Nice decision! Will this affect to forthcoming world cup?

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    ya it's a curse..have never seen rain like this before for such a long period......

  • ishrath on December 9, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    It will be sunny 2mrw..... maybe the sun must have already come out :D

  • SHAAAZ on December 9, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    crazy weather in Lanka,that was a pretty good decision.

  • Farhan88 on December 9, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Good decision rather to waste time in dressing room

    @ Dilshan Abeysekera: Pak cant play your proposed tri series because they have series with NZ till Feb 5th

  • 0wais on December 9, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    hahahaha.......... so bad for the westindies team ; they had a long and boring tour!!!!

  • POLINENI on December 9, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    After this series there(if it is going to conduct in JAN-2011) is very less period to starting the WC.This is good for WI to prepare for the WC.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on December 9, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    SLC can not arrange Tri Series between Pak-WI-Srl bcoz Pakistan have a Long Tour to NZ which will end before 2 week of WC

  • Amjad_Bukhari on December 9, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    What is Forecast for Feb & March 2011 in WC matches. As Pak play all their matches in SL and all on new grounds Hambantotha, Pallekele and Rajepaksa stadium Colombo. Can anyone tell me that what is weather conditions in SL during Feb March every year. If still there r rains, then teams playing all matches in SL (group A) are going to suffer badly.Is not good idea to shift these matches to Dubai and Abu Dhabi (if rains continue). Dubai is headquarter of ICC and no rains there.

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    god has taken the right desicon

  • POLINENI on December 9, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    its a good decision made by both cricket boards..............

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    very Sad tO knOw...!! SLC didnt knOw that weather will be bad when they Scheduled matCh..!!! sO Sad SLC..........

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Pakistan will be busy in NZ till February... I don't think they will be able to have some practice at the grounds where they will be playing most of their matches.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 9, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Nobody is and was interested in pointless drawn test series and even in the ODI series as the infrastructure in the grounds is pathetic and mediocre the drainage is below international standards SLC should do something to improve their overall infrastructure of grounds even the floodlights are poor in RPS compare it to any indian,australian,sa rich boards obviously,NO WONDER AUSSIES HAVE NOT TOURED SL SINCE 2003-04,play against some top teams test tours in aus,sa and call aus to home by improving grounds

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 9, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Is there any opportunity to resume the Test series with WI after the WC?

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    yup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    It is because of curse ...!

  • Imcrick on December 9, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Just hope the Chennai ODI does not go the same way. Whitewash in the reckoning..;) Lol...!

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Good move by SLC. Now SLC can arrange a tri-series WI-PAK-SL in early January as a warm-up for the WC.

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    good to have it postponed rather than having a washout.

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  • on December 9, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    good to have it postponed rather than having a washout.

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Good move by SLC. Now SLC can arrange a tri-series WI-PAK-SL in early January as a warm-up for the WC.

  • Imcrick on December 9, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Just hope the Chennai ODI does not go the same way. Whitewash in the reckoning..;) Lol...!

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    It is because of curse ...!

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    yup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 9, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Is there any opportunity to resume the Test series with WI after the WC?

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 9, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Nobody is and was interested in pointless drawn test series and even in the ODI series as the infrastructure in the grounds is pathetic and mediocre the drainage is below international standards SLC should do something to improve their overall infrastructure of grounds even the floodlights are poor in RPS compare it to any indian,australian,sa rich boards obviously,NO WONDER AUSSIES HAVE NOT TOURED SL SINCE 2003-04,play against some top teams test tours in aus,sa and call aus to home by improving grounds

  • on December 9, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Pakistan will be busy in NZ till February... I don't think they will be able to have some practice at the grounds where they will be playing most of their matches.

  • on December 9, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    very Sad tO knOw...!! SLC didnt knOw that weather will be bad when they Scheduled matCh..!!! sO Sad SLC..........

  • POLINENI on December 9, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    its a good decision made by both cricket boards..............