West Indies in Sri Lanka 2010-11 January 26, 2011

No World Cup venues for West Indies ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka and West Indies will play three ODIs, in the series scheduled to start on January 31, at the SSC in Colombo and not at the country's venues for the 2011 World Cup, as was planned earlier. ICC rules, according to Sri Lanka Cricket's media manager Brian Thomas, only allow teams to practice but not play international matches at World Cup venues just prior to the tournament.

"The World Cup venues for matches have been officially handed over to the ICC this month and ICC rules allow us to practice but not play until the World Cup starts," Thomas told AFP. The three ODIs will all be day games, though Hambantota and the renovated Premadasa Stadium in Colombo were earlier scheduled to host day-night matches during the series.

The ODIs were postponed to the end of January after rain had marred West Indies' Test series in Sri Lanka last year.

January 31: First ODI, SSC
Feb 3: Second ODI, SSC
Feb 6: Third ODI, SSC

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  • Christopher on January 29, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    WEST INDIES WILL WIN THIS WORLD CUP! this is the most balanced team in about 15 years..selection of the final eleven is very essential and CHANDERPAUL needs to open the batting with gayle..my ordered starting eleven: gayle shiv bravo sarwan pollard sammy baugh benn miller rampaul roach

  • Sebi on January 28, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    Whether the home advantage or anything it is the pearls from the Emerald Island going to lift the World Cup

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    @ Gulzar Afridi, I hope you realize this discussion is for home advantage for SL_WI BILATERAL ODI series and is in no way related to PCB or it's players.

  • Praveen on January 27, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Come on SLC. Quit playing around the bush. Admit that we loss the chance to host the 3 matches in the 3 world cup venues because of you guys acted as careless and incapable stupid morons all this time. ICC has clearly mentioned that if the venues were ready they would have given the green light to use these venues for the 3 match series regardless what the rules say.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    our world cup venues are not ready yet...this is what SLC is doing...our board is ruining cricket..interim committees appointed permanently...what a joke..sl will lose home advantage..and the pitches in the 3 stadiums are so bowler friendly which is not good for 50 over world cup

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Now SL Cricket team WC squrd should play atleat one or two practics matches against SL B-Team or leftout 15 man squrd in new Venues. Otherwise say goodbye for home advantage. Accordiing to expects the new pitches are not seasoned, it will be very difficult bat or ball. I don't why SLC don't understand this. SLC have some bunch of idiots have no idea about this.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    waiting to see how chris gayle approaches this series with the world cup ahead......and the sri lankan middle-lower order too which doesn't seem much convincing like their top order...

  • Lakpriya on January 27, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    This want be a big issue,some of recent inter club and inter provincial matches were played in RPS and Pallekalle. Most, if not all of the players in the SL WC squad got the chance to play in those venues.So this won't make a huge difference as these players would have a good idea about the conditions.Anyway it would have been nice to get some more exposure.

  • John on January 27, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    This will be a very interesting series for sure...These teams have hardly played each other in the recent past. Hope to see some great cricket.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    let s me see if west indies rrr! i mean chris gayle can win some games

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