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January 26, 2011
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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