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Sri Lanka, West Indies scrap Tests from tour

Andrew Fernando

September 11, 2012

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Sri Lanka walk back satisfied after bowling out Pakistan for 100, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day, June 24, 2012
Sri Lanka will not play an away Test against a top-eight opposition between January and December 2013 © AFP
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have scrapped two Tests from Sri Lanka's tour of the West Indies next May and instead plan to play an ODI tri-series involving India. The decision also means that players from both teams will remain available during the IPL, which runs from April 3 to May 26 next year. The teams were scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s as per the Future Tours Programme. It is unclear if the Twenty20s will remain part of the tour.



SLC chief executive Ajit Jayasekara denied the motive for foregoing the Tests was to avoid a clash with the IPL, but failed to provide an alternate reason. He said the WICB had put forward the idea, and the SLC had agreed to the change in schedule after holding discussions. Jayasekara said scheduling an ODI series instead of following the FTP would end up being "more lucrative for the board".

WICB corporate communications manager Imran Khan said that all three boards had agreed in principle to the tri-series. Dates and details would be finalised following final sanction from the BCCI. Incidentally, national boards receive 10% of each player's salary from the IPL.

This will be the second time Sri Lanka have foregone a Test series which clashes with the IPL. In 2009, they declined to replace Zimbabwe in England, when Zimbabwe were unable to tour for political reasons. In 2011, several players, including Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, missed tour matches playing in the IPL ahead of a three-Test series in England, which Sri Lanka eventually lost 1-0.

West Indies spin bowler Sunil Narine also missed two Tests against England due to his IPL commitments, though he did play in the third Test. Chris Gayle did not feature in that series due to a standoff with the board, which has since been resolved. 



The change in the tour programme is also a continuation of the SLC's recent trend of culling Tests from Sri Lanka's schedule. Two tests against India in July became five ODIs and a Twenty20 and the three Tests scheduled for England in March became a two-Test series as the IPL approached. With the schedule now adjusted, Sri Lanka will not play an away Test against a top-eight opposition between January and December.

The BCCI did not confirm India's involvement in any change of plans. "We have been told about this but the matter is being discussed. Nothing has been decided or finalised yet," a senior BCCI official said.

During its annual meeting in Malaysia, the ICC had decided not to create a window for the IPL, as they did not want to set a precedent of domestic tournaments taking priority over international cricket. "Once you provide a window for one particular member, you have to be conscious of the fact you may well have to do it for other members," then ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in June. "Hence why we have not been supportive of a window specifically for any one of those domestic leagues."

Additional reporting by Nagraj Gollapudi

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Posted by sarthak.ghosh on (September 13, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Shocking decision! Both SL & WI are not doing well in test matches of late and look how they respond. By not playing it! What short-sightedness! This was a rare opportunity for WI to win a test series and for SL to win a test series overseas. Without caring for the much needed moral boost this series could have possibly brought them, they are scrapping it in fear that few players may go away for playing some domestic T20 tournament. Don't cry in future if you remain fit to play only T20Is and the stronger nations stop playing test cricket with you and may be even ODIs. Seeing the WI team honestly I don't think they have the temperament/will to play even the ODIs. It's a matter of time they start scrapping, squeezing ODI series to get more T20Is in near future.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 13, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

@edgie I accepet. Remember the Test Match WI vs Nz in Antiqua final 2 days of play was week end with WI in winning position along with their fav sons Gayle,Narine,Roach performing well was witnessed by empty stands. Then how can WICB earn. You want wnt players to showcase their skill in test but dont want to watch it. Also most here say T20 are waste but the ground is full how?.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (September 13, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

One more series against SL that means one more series win for India

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

only jobless people will watch 5 days of WI vs SL match :) ...pity on them ....self proclaimed REAL cricket fans ...

Posted by 360review on (September 12, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Great decision. Get rid of test matches and replace them with more interesting and result oriented ODI/T20. I still don't want to see India/SL game again though.

Posted by bigwonder on (September 12, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

@wakakazi, your comments seems more immature. If you feel sitting behind a keyboard and watching test cricket make you an expert, then more power to you but the fact is you and test cricket can be compared with outdated VCRs who nobody uses it anymore but everyone has one. Whatever team you are supporting is in fact playing more ODI then test cricket. Only people with lot of free time can spend 5 days watching a game that usually ends in a draw. Go explain that to someone who does not know cricket and then further explain how great "test cricket" is.

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 12, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

For all SL fans claiming to thrash India for decades - here are stats to support your theory. India SL bilateral series record since 1997 - because before 1996 SL was a considered minnow so sparing series losses records before 1996 becos I am such a nice person. India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2012 India 4-1 (5) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2009/10 India 3-1 (5 , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008/09 India 4-1 (5) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008 India 3-2 (5) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2006/07 India 2-1 (4) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2006 drawn 0-0 (3) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2005/06 India 6-1 (7) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 1997 Sri Lanka3-0 (3) . Not to mention the worldcup final 2011 was also one of the major India thrashing SL as usual match and can be counted as major victory over SL. There were more victories than losses on neutral venues too over the period 1996 -2012. Do you want stats for that too.

Posted by xylo on (September 12, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

yay! more India-SL matches!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

the IPL is not just any 'domestic tournament'. It is the premier T20 league Championship in the cricketing world. By allowing foreign players to participate, it creates opportunity to players of all nationalities. Sure, there are other leagues coming up of its kind. but IPL is streets ahead in terms of the colour, the quality, the success, the following it has and the passion and excitement it generates. the ICC, which has given full backing to the IPL shud be pragmatic. no point in taking an ideological stance. give a window to IPL alone ; no other league really deserves the same treatment. and let all players and countries benefit from that !!

Posted by GreenTeam-Elite on (September 12, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

Well I don't think so it is a good decision!!! ICC should take action on it.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Stupid decision... killing tests means killing cricket...

Posted by CaptainKool on (September 12, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

No more Sri Lanka please.

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 12, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

im very disappointed with this decision. sri lanka hardly play a test match in west indies. i dont know why are they scrapping tests for IPL. international tours are important. whats the point of calling india to WI. just play the full tour with WI.

Posted by timtom on (September 12, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

not sure why many here are blaming IPL here...Even if SLB goes ahead with schedule, senior SL players will refuse to play the series and opt for IPL ...that is the truth..SLB does not have any bench strength or guts to replace these players....even otherwise IPL is just for a month .. what abt the other 10 months...why not schedule something in between...Right now SLB appears to be run by senior players ...need to crack on them..

Posted by wakaPAK on (September 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Though it's a bad decision to scrape tests in favor of One day and it shows the 'attachment' of these countries and their boards to the game; boards must avoid such decisions and make an examples for other to follow so tomorrow one could say "India ditched that tri-series for the sake of the game" so others should have moral obligation to follow the trend. Having said that I dont think Test cricket could die soon; we are in era where every game is important; I think one day saved the test cricket before and now T20 is bringing in more fans to cricket. Test cricket is hard to understand for a new fan and T20 and oneday just bring him closer to that understanding and we all know test cricket is the best. A true cricket fan will always favor the test cricket and those that donot favor test cricket are 'immature fans' with low understanding of the game and possibly low IQ. You include the boards of these three countries in the later group.

Posted by ian_ghose on (September 12, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Well..i've heard of player 'x' being dropped from bla bla squad and player 'y' dropped from gibber gibber squad...but this is the first time that I've heard that the game of cricket itself has been dropped! Its those Indians involved innit?

Posted by Mann123 on (September 12, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

IPL has been claiming great players from Test cricket like Lee, Malinga, Gayle and recently Pietersen. Now it has also start to consume test cricket. How silly to arrange a Tri-series. What will this series prove if any of 3 sides win. I am sure they will schedule atleast 2 games with each team, so India play Srilanka, for zillionth time. We are tired of seeing Kohli bat against Malinga or Jayawardene & Sanga partnership against India. If there is any life left in ODIs the boards will ensure they suck it all up. Sri lankan board espl just sings along even on snoring of Srini, let alone his music.

Posted by prabhukt429 on (September 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Pathetic decision .i am fed up with this t20 matches.no one care about test these days.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

What a disappointment this is. I believe the West Indies would have been very competitive in this test series. Although close i beleive they would have won it.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

MAHANAMA - LAST time we visited WI , won both the series tests & odis, the worce trvellers are the other self asumed fast track champs, won nothing there till date .

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

ITS the decision of SL & WI boards why u people start acusing india we are not despertate , to play , thats u r boards planning purly guided by financial concerns as u know IND means huge gains , ask u r board to avoid INDIA IPL , no body can force others .

Posted by swat1999 on (September 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Test Match is real cricket and Test match always be first priority for any cricketing nation. Please don't move to indian way. IPL never be allowed to get a Window from test playing nation

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

BRAVO-BRAVO SINCE WE ARE WINNINMG u feel boring, had it been loses u people would have come up with the title like flat track bullies cant play even in sub cont ,u r teams also regulary playing against each other winning at own fotresses but we are beating them every where right from suthern hemisphare to thier own backyard .

Posted by Selassie-I on (September 12, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Ohhh... exciting, I've been waiting forever to see India play Sri-Lanka again. Please ICC let's just make a window for the IPL and stop them interfering in real cricket once and for all.

Posted by Pawirocks on (September 12, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Funny!! Ind and SL teams have played against each other so much in recent past that both must be feeling sick to see each others again and again! Ind & SL cricketers and officials know too well know each other and their families too. Their wives exchange recipees, chutani, sambhar and aachar! They enjoy kitty parties together, discuss daily TV soaps and their children go on trips together. Their parents celebrate get-togethers and visit satsangs together. The unmarried ones meet others' friends and see them very often, go on week-end parties! Plan and partner in businesses...and what not on this earth!! Breaking news: Mobile phone companies have brought free-talk time plans for them!!

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

who is lecturing on spirit of cricket whose players involved in all sorts act which tarnished his gentle man game, few are landed in proson in a foriegn country .

Posted by TheBengalTiger on (September 12, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Sri Lankan fans make me laugh. You've never even won a test in India! We won a series in Sri lanka. You had to cancel the SPL first season because India wuldnt agree to it!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Great dicision!! More reason to just forget about cricket and watch more football. Thanks WICB+SLC+BCCI. You people should get an award for outstanding contribution to the great game of cricket. Bravo.

Posted by hems4cric on (September 12, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

@ALL_PEOPLE_BLAMING_IPL_BCCI: We didn't cancel any Test Matches for IPL, We play all the test matches as in our FTP. If WI and SL don't want to play test cricket thats not India's fault. And lot of people here are saying that test cricket is dead in India, one question for you guys, Before coming to India, NZ played WI and how was the crowd at the ground?? and how was the crowd in IND-NZ test matches? I guess that answers itself, all the people so worried about test matches death, you need to think who is killing test cricket. Its not India, who play all their matches, where people turn up in the grounds to watch the matches. I am neither a fan of IPL or the BCCI but do not accept that Indian fans don't like test matches, We love cricket in any format. Don't make it a fashion to bash us for anything that goes wrong in cricket.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Another victim of T20's and IPL.

Posted by Deepfreezed on (September 12, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Shows how Spineless these people are. It is a disgrace to the game. I don't think I will be watching Sri Lankan cricket games anymore.There is not point to this greed.

Posted by cricjaffa on (September 12, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

If the same trend continues, then god save test matches. .... Who wants to see some meaningless ODI's. People would rather prefer some intense test cricket..

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Can't believe more India-Sri Lanka matches instead it should be teams like Ireland and the Netherlands who should be given a chance ridiculous even Indian fans are frustrated of these meaningless matches. I just hope the Woolfe report comes into affect soon.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

useless!! how many times srilanka have to loose against India , and critics are still backing srilanka that they are still a better side

Posted by llw5682 on (September 12, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

This is stupid!! Now WI are just starting to play just a tiny bit better in tests, they do something like this? Who cares about a boring tri series with india? Good luck getting the west indian locals to attend yet another ODI between india and sri lanka as they play them every few weeks for years on end. Tests rule!! ODI and T20I are just garbage.

Posted by tpjpower on (September 12, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

What a disgraceful decision this is.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

mayb if wicb had not been doing silly stuff like scheduling all 5 days of test matches on work/school days , not picking the players the fans want to watch, scheduling test matches @ Sabina park in the middle of the track & field segment of the Olympics when Australia was here in April they would have better turn out @ test matches. putting a bit more thought & effort into promotion & advertising would help also. Try making special deals for primary tertiary & secondary school students on weekdays like free after 3 3 for 2 on weekends or sumn like that. I strongly doubt a tri series will b a huge success because how many fans will turn up to watch Sri Lanka play India?

Posted by Joby_George on (September 12, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

@ Mahanama, dont talk big things. Why your guys are joining IPL? tell them dont play as no indians are playing SLPL. Cant talk about test or ODI ranking now, so talking about T20 ranking. Lankans talks loot..

Posted by Nerav on (September 12, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

@Yasassri Gunatilake - 'the priority should be given to test cricket at whatever cost' ...This will lead to the death of cricket, at least in terms of a popular sport. Do u want to back to the days when cricketers had to have day jobs just to survive.

Posted by Joby_George on (September 12, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

SL is becoming a worst team. Lot depending on Malinga and Sanga.

Posted by edgie on (September 12, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

@himohan007, I hope you are refering to yourself as well before you crit anyone about attending tests. And there is such a thing as a "day job" for most of us. Yes, where one can, one can attend tests, but one cannot attend all 5 days. And besides, it's not just for the fans, but it is a test of a cricketer's skills and his abilities, hence the obvious name "test cricket".

Posted by india_champ on (September 12, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

PLEASE PLEASE BCCI DENY THIS ONE...WE DONT WANT ANY MORE SERIES FEATURING INDIA AND SRI LANKA...

WI should indeed go for Pakistan...they have a very good side and PCB will be benefited with this too...plus matches between India and Sri Lanka are getting more and more boaring these days...

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (September 12, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

It is the case of the Piped piper calling the tune and shots too. What BCCI says goes. Money rules. SLC do not care about cricket do they? You need to look at how badly the junior team (U19) has played recently and it says it all. Who cares, seems to be the motto these days in SLC. Why not stop playing test cricket at all if this is going to be the case. No more Rankings to consider too. SL rarely had opportunities to play in the West Indies in the past, and what do they do? Listen to the BCCI and accommodate the IPL instead of having agreed on an acceptable itinerary in the first place. I am also surprised that the WI board have agreed to forgo the Test too. This now all adds up to two financial unsound boards, wanting the big bucks from India.. Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by bigwonder on (September 12, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

@Yasassri Gunatilake, whatever cost? Are you willing to travel to all test games and ensure that you are present at the stadium? The thinning crowd is the root cause. Lack of interest = no test matches. It's a theory of evolution, new and short formats are popular because they can provide excitement, competition and results. Test matches may have interesting 4th or 5th day but who has time to wait for 4 days? may be very few.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 12, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Cone on SL fans. Even if it is for IPL, don't blame BCCI or IPL for it. Instead blame your own spineless SLCB and the senior players who actively participate in IPL in Mahela, Sanga, Mathews, Malinga. The likes of Mahela and Sanga give speech all over but still go for money whenever the chance comes. Why not they come actively forward and declare that they are willing to skip IPL and order their troupe to follow them to WI and play. WI have a formidable Non-IPL players to fill in the test squad. What is stopping SLCB to demand its players to work for them? They did create their own T20 league this year to have multi-cultural team and tournament. Then why allow players for other leagues?

Posted by stormy16 on (September 12, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

A sad but inevitable reality this and one cant really blame the SLC or WICB - both the players and boards have huge gains from the IPL. Not sure why some of you are blaming the IPL for this. Its a bit like the the soccer stars playing for the club as opposed playing for the country at the olympics - dont see anyone finding fault with Man U or Barca. Imagine asking Galye or Malinga to play for pittens in the Windies when they could earn millions in the IPL - its a no brainer. Having said all that its still sad that test cricket has to take a back seat but there is a solution - the ICC must set aside a realistic window for the IPL and bigbash who in turn must compromise with shorter schedules which will see both versions co-exist.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 12, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

And on top of all that, funny to see some fans bashing IPL and Indian cricket instead of their spineless boards who themselves came forward and cancelled the tour. Again say that, IPL teams doesn't depend on one or two players(for each team) from SL and WI and they have enough replacements to fill in..

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 12, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

At the same time, i dont agree with the scrapping of games. Cancelling the tour at the IPL time is fine for the players but certainly scrapping the tests wouldn't do any good for anyone. why not play the tests later or before the IPL?

Posted by Anubhav1001 on (September 12, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Mahanama, jaisonpete and other like minded cricket lovers. If IPL is ONLY killing the gentleman's game then it can simply be choked off my gentleman players and other boards not participating. If they can actually crub their own greed rather than pointing to India/Indian crowd it should help the gentleman's game

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 12, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Wise decision i would say. One side, we see players crying for IPL window but still the boards doesn't care about them and the players either protest or retire to play in IPL. Why the boards should unnecessarily create havoc and hatred with the players who work for them for 10.5 months. Their tours can be scheduled in the remaining period right? As if the wholesale cricket is being dependent on that 1.5 months alone.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (September 12, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Everything in life has a shelf period. Test cricket is past its sell by date. Tests are watched only in UK and to a certain extent in Australia.Haven't we shifted from land phones to mobile phones, or from writing in books to storing data in computers,likewise everything in life has to change. Those who don't want to change will be left behind complaining. Aside.. Had England been the parent of IPL, would the so called Test Purists (most of them Brits) whining?

Posted by warneneverchuck on (September 12, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

IPL rules cricket. Proved again and again. Some people r against IPL bcoz they know their board can't even dream of having such league

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

these decisions are not good signs for test cricket , the priority should be given to test cricket at whatever cost

Posted by jasonpete on (September 12, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Posted by Mahaanama on (September 12 2012, 07:48 AM GMT) your comments made my day..Afterall srilanka ranked below India in both test and odi cricket.Only hit and giggle t20 cricket can bring some wins for srilanka.Anyway by playing entire series at home,flat track bullies can elevate their averages for the whole year and Everyone know how srilanka got 138/8 against Pakistan in palakelle wicket,so much for pace and bounce.LOL

Posted by SirViv1973 on (September 12, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Although this is terrible news I can't say it was totally unexpected and is certainly a sign of the times. With so many SRL players in the IPL the SRL tour party would have practically been an A team, West Indies would also be missing their 2 best batsman in Gayle & Samuels and Narine their best bowler. Crowds are already small for test matches in the carribean and this would have been an extremley hard sell for WICB to have put bums on seats, so from their point of view it makes sense, they also won't be having the club v Country rows which have dogged WI Cricket in recent times. It looks like the WICB have now decided not to try to stand up to the IPL anymore and that the Int season in the WI will be sandwiched inbetween the end of the IPL and the start of the hurricane season.

Posted by bobmartin on (September 12, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

One would have thought that with the parlous state of the WI test team, they would get all the experience they could... and wasn't tests the reason for getting Gayle back on side. Just another nail in test cricket's coffin... Oh... and who said that the IPL would have no impact on test cricket... Empty rhetoric as most of the real cricket world knew it was.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (September 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

@ Mahaanama : Also remember Indians beat sorry thrashed the minnows Srilankan team in their own country few months back. First try to win at home then talk about outside.

Posted by Champ2000 on (September 12, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

I think so and wi are not doing any wrong. Both boards have financial issues to sort out. And this series will bring some money. Very people who are bashing this will watch odi but for test they will only in cricinfo at each days end. Odi and t20 sells and it here t stay.,denial is not an option. Sad or not.

Posted by boredkumar on (September 12, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

wow.. such an exciting thing!! INDIA V. SRI LANKA!!! never seen that one before

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

@Mahaanama: If you ask the Indians about the spirit of cricket, im afraid your barking at the wrong tree there. You talk to them about the spirit of the game and in return you will get a few more lungs shredding screams from that circus called IPL. Cricket and especially Test cricket needs and frankly deserve a bit more knowledgeable crowd not the ones you see in IPL. IPL is a farcical waste. But honestly I dont have an issue with IPL or EPL or those other leagues. Its a money making tool for these boards and they draw crowds from very different corners which is a great thing for the game. But if you focus all your attention on these private leagues, im afraid your gona kill the real sport. 20, 30 years down the line they say no one will care about Test cricket, I say 20, 30 years down no one will care about T20 cricket and it is true, peoples mode swing every two or three years and if the die hard fans move away you might end up with killing the golden goose.

Posted by KingOwl on (September 12, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan, I must say that this is a sad day for cricket. Tests replaced by a One day tri-series? What a joke. The sad thing is that there does not seem to be a real alternative. Players want the IPL. Now the boards seem to want it too. I hope in the medium term, fans will get bored with IPL (it is rather long and fairly boring). Just like in Hockey (I mean Ice Hockey) fans will start focusing mostly on the 'play offs' (or the 'business end' of the IPL). If that happens, it will be good. That will force the IPL to be either cut short or to have it in alternate years, or something similar.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 12, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Guyz I totally amazed by most of the commenter popping and yelling here that "I luv Test Cricket".Not only in this page but in most of the threads of this forum. I have a simple Question "Where do you quyz hide when it actually played".My common sense says that posting cmnt about it wont increses its value but going to ground or watch it does. Even WI victory over Nz was witnessed by colorful empty rowz in their home. So I think the problem is not with ICC but with fans(liars) faking that they support Test more thanT20.

Posted by Rohan_K on (September 12, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

If SriLankans love Test cricket so much then why dont we have crowds over 5000 on a day in a test match. First attend your test matches and then say We love Test matches. No point in blaming BCCI or IPL. IPL is good with or without SriLankan players. It does not force players to participate over international commitments. India is far superior team in all formats than SL. We enjoy supporting SriLanka abroad especially in ENG or AUS. Infact we are the ones who helped your cash-strapped board to rise up during SLPL in mean the sponsorship money. BCCSL should not scrap test matches in WI.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (September 12, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

@Randikaayaa.... you typed it wrong. There is no fun in getting beaten by India regularly. seriously mate how can you say you are beating India regularly. Lets only see from Dec.. in Aus --- India vs Sl . india won more matches head to head.. then in Aisa cup India won over Sl.. then recently SriLanka lost a home series and T20 in your home ground very cheaply. what are you reffering to mate? come on

Posted by edgie on (September 12, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Dropping tests for ODI's?? Talk about a stupid decision. ust look at the current SA tour to England. The tests were BY far better in terms of interest, action, funand competition than the ODI's that followed. Hell even the players didn't seem too interested in the ODI's!! In my opinion, the ODI's should be sacrificed, and the tests be givven preference. I do hope the ICC steps in to receify this, as if they are determined to keep tests alive and well, they need ensure tests are not dropped.

Posted by Nerav on (September 12, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

People need to realise that if they want more test cricket and less IPL, then stop going to 20/20 matches and only go to Test matches. The whole sports industry is driven by money. If there is demand for test cricket then it will be played. It will not survive in its current state - where limited over cricket subsidises test cricket. Also Test cricket puts non-cricketers off the game, there making it uncompetitive against other sports.

Posted by Tigg on (September 12, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

The ICC need to prevent this sort of thing. If they stepped in and said to scrap the ODIs and T20s instead it would be better for cricket. Nobody cares about another tri-series involving India and Sri-Lanka.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 12, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

Sad day for SL Cricket, to be denied the opportunity to play at the highest level is a shame indeed.

Posted by Mahaanama on (September 12, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Why should we allow IPL to ruin the value of great test cricket? After 4 IPL reasons India is ranked number 7 in ICC T20 rankings so it's obvious that IPL doesn't help much even for the success of Indian T20 cricket. The other thing is IPL is a very boring tournament. Holding IPL in every other year can be justified but 2 months for IPL in every year is a waste. Cricket is a gentlemen's sport and we still talk about spirit of cricket so how come money comes first? ICC should consider these things to protect the spirit of great test cricket.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

How can individual cricket boards decide to modify the schedule as per their own whims and fancies when the FTP is decided by the ICC?The decision to remove the test matches from the tour to allow Sri Lankan and West Indian players to participate in the IPL is simply not acceptable to any international cricket fan.The ICC's role and the players stand in these matters remains highly questionable.If this IPL circus is not stopped soon it will completely destroy test cricket and at some point international cricket itself.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

@randikaayya: Are u referring to the 5-1 thrashing that happened recently??or maybe d world cup..or the previous odi series losses that happened in SL.. Or the fact that SL has never won even a single test match in India..Why don`t you go and ask ur SL players from not participating in IPL..Then u will know tht IPL doesnt kill Test cricket only cricketers do..

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 12, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

@randikayya . WITH DUE RESPECT TO SL TEAM . INDIA HAS DEFEATED THEM IN 2008 , 2009 , ASIA CUP 2010 , 2012 , ICC WORLD CUP 2011 . DON'T KNOW WHICH SERIES YOU ARE TALKING EXCEPT 2010 TRI SERIES .

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Test do not fade from popularity but from the eyes of greedy cricket adminstrators. unfortunately for the bankrupt SLC the choice was probably very easy. the solution has to be for the ICC to take part of the money generated from their 'sanctioned' domestic leagues ( imean all of them IPL, BB, SLPL and make playing teat cricket more lucrative for the players and the cricket boards.

Posted by Flash_hard27 on (September 12, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Desperately sad news, if this trend continues there will never be another 'great' cricketer. T20 gives no opportunity to either batter or bowler to demonstrate truly magical skills. Very depressing... And the games are just not memorable, as opposed to sessions of test cricket that live with you forever.

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (September 12, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

I am not sure how many sad stories involved in this report: 1. TEST matches cancelled :( 2. Another useless IND,SL series 3.You can expect Ind team to have a busy schedule , an ODI series right after the epic IPL matches. 4. After IPL you can expect more injuries for all 3 teams, So some main players would be missing the tri-series... and so on.... :(

Posted by niks_smarty on (September 12, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Now it is more then clear that BCCI dominating cricket....SLCB dropped 2 tests to accommodate IPL...great for IPL success because few srilankan players very popular in india (Sanga, dilshan etc). I think if ICC is serious about to save test cricket then immediately some bold action required to take like no board can change FTP, restrictions on sending 2nd string side. I am fan of IPL but as a cricket fan I never want test cricket to be sidelined.

Posted by Mahaanama on (September 12, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

I think India shouldn't play any tri series with test playing nations if the tournament is held outside Asia. You know what happened to them in England and Australia recently. Even if you can remember the most embarrassing trash in Hambantota recently (where India was allout for 138 runs & SL chased down the target in less than 20 overs) you'll understand how it's difficult them to bat even they see some grass in the pitch. So India should play more practice matches with non test playing nations on fast grassy bouncy tracks before going after mighty nations. Let WI and SL to play test series instead of tri series.

Posted by Praxis on (September 12, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

This is not something I wanted to see, I love watching test cricket. But recently the test series in WI we've seen the interest was very low, stands were actually empty. No point blaming the board when us spectators can't fill up the stands. But there seems to be no shortage of interest for the shorter format, we should recognize the pattern by now. Most of the administrators of this game are short-sighted & their ineptitude to schedule proper tours have thrown off the balance among the formats. Not every country can sustain the game just from TV rights. Test cricket can't survive as it is now in modern times & there has been no proper efforts to save it from going extinct.

Posted by abhyudayj on (September 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

It very sad moment for test match,for IPL IT CANCELLED THE TEST MATCH

Posted by Big-Dog on (September 12, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

What a disgrace. The sooner the IPL dies its natural death the better cricket will be.

Posted by Abhi_Fancric on (September 12, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Very Bad news . So why is ICC overlooking at this matter ? OR Has BCCI finally made inroads in managing the ICC as well ? Instead of allowing a special window i think they have shown the respective boards a shortcut to please BCCI . Very sad day for test cricket . SL and Wi in turn are ruining the careers of their new generation cricketers by doing this . Being an Indian I am ashamed to have this 2 month old boring IPL . Instead they cud have made it very attractive and lucrative by shortening it to 3-4 weeks max . Very soon a day will come when they will have to make this or else IPL will soon be history for sure . LONG LIVE TEST CRICKET .

Posted by VivGilchrist on (September 12, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Sad. WI at home hosting SL would've been an interesting series. Should have been upgraded to a 3 match series rather than selling there souls for Indian TV rights. ICC is weak and a pathetic excuse of a governing body.

Posted by chamil111 on (September 12, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

superb. Very good move by both cricket boards to distroy cricket. Also We should give respect to indian cricket board to killing cricket in every occation they get. I don't know why the hell these players are still playing for there country. Malinga, gayle, sanga, mahela, narine, kevin, macalum Go to india and ask for indian citizenship and play ipl or any other league as your wish and earn more and more. Why the hell you guys distroy your national team sake of ipl?

Posted by ste13 on (September 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Indeed, the previous comments on India depreciating tests were "premature" The last test in Bangalore vs not really attractive opponent (NZ) attracted reasonable crowd and was widely covered by media.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

To Sujan Warnakulasooriya and all You say "I don't know if any of you know this but Sangakkara will miss out one of the most decorated records because of this. He has scored a test century in every country except WI".But sujan Sanga will earn milian of $$$$ inserted of one century. But I am with you.I like to watch test cricket with classic WI commentary and carabiyan people.I hate those carbon kamal catches ,city moment of success things

Posted by Geeganage on (September 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

It is really bad for test cricket. SLC wanted to get good marks from BCCI to get Indian players to next SLPL. So they are doing what they can do for best earning. Everybody wants money but ICC should stop such a changes particularly takes base on money. Real Test Cricket is worth than money.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 12, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

This news saddens me greatly.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (September 12, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Tests continue to fade in popularity and with much more regularity. A shame for the old timers like me.

Posted by sonu77 on (September 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

lol.. SL administrators(idiots) scrapped two valuble test matches for boring local premier league.They are ruining their young talent.Very sad day for test cricket.SLC is a puppet of BCCI.If India agree to play another tri series in australia this summer,surely SLC will scrape their 3 tests for that.They are doing everything for money.money is the only thing they need.R I P Sri Lankan Test Cricket..!

Posted by venkatesh018 on (September 12, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

yet another Ind vs SL series. does anybody in the ICC really care about International Bilateral tours?

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

Another india-sl series. God save me from this torture. These two teams face each other a gazillion times a year anyways. Horrible scheduling by ICC all cuz of stupid IPL.

R.I.P test cricket.

Posted by viswanav on (September 12, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

If individual boards can adjust tour fixtures like this, then what is the role of the ICC? Is the ICC needed? I see it as a "Governing Body" with highly paid staff that seriously have nothing to do except travel and watch cricket matches.

Posted by randikaayya on (September 12, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

gees please, no India.. There's no fun in beating them anymore.. On a serious note, why is SLC agreeing with WICB on this extroadinary proposal? and why is IPL allowed to run for 2 full months as this article alleges? Thats a monstrosity and a cancer on our beautiful game if true.

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 12, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

And then the world says that India does not value Tests. I am sure Sri Lankan fans will find a reason to blame India here too.

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 12, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

This is a regrettable decision by both teams and lets be honest it is to allow players to play in ipl...if the ICC aren't happy , why don't they do something about it?i think a lot of people asking why SL fans don't come to watch test cricket forget that in SL,most people don't get weeks of paid leave and so can't afford to take time off from work for Five days. Also I think the author is being unfair stating this is the second time we did this-don't forget we were approached by the ECB as a fill in as zim didn't come- we had no obligation to do that and in that circumstance I think it would have been wrong to ask players to break their ipl contracts. Finally,we don't want India again, Pakistan would be much better...

Posted by jasonpete on (September 12, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Why do these SLC board need to arrange everytime series with India to get money?Almost every year they arrange two series with India to fill up the cash.They should think about the viewers who watch these matches without any interest.Why don't they concentrate on test matches? Instead they want more money by arranging the series with cash cow BCCI everytime.Ridiculous

Posted by WishW on (September 12, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

@ Mayank Hazarika..you dont know what you're talking about...If you really love the game you will watch 5 days of 'slow' cricket...if you dont understand cricket..then I doubt you would know how to appreciate the true test..which is test cricket..

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

SLCB is a market place, nothing more...

Posted by Sakthiivel on (September 12, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

@ Kavindeven : Yes we are bored of India trashing Srilanka.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

SOHAILB AHMAD-Why u blame INDIA , ITS THE DECISION OF SL&WI , they want IND becouse of financial benefits , thats why no bady cares u r team , reg TEST CRICKET YAA we have een & WILL SEE how great u r once u comes of u r fotrss .

Posted by Sandman5five on (September 12, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

India vs Sri Lanka, again? Wow! Bring it on! But wait. I have a better idea. Why doesn't the broadcaster simply play out his highlight reel. There must be more than enough Ind vs SL footage from recent times. That way players from both teams can get much deserved rest post-IPL.

Posted by haseeb on (September 12, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Cricket so need a test championship with top four ranked teams competing for the tournament tats going to give a lesson to boards like W indies and Sri lanka ..i mean they are doing just for the IPL it is as simple as that ..ICC needs to take a strict action .. and there should be a limit to international T20 and ODI's As well .. tats totally BCCI coz most of the srilankans and West indians play in ipl ..and in return they settled to play a Tri series ..rubbish !!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Demote them. Associate members can play all the ODI and T20 games they like.

Posted by JustOUT on (September 12, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

This is really ridiculous.. Test matches are pinnacle. I saw some comments that Test cricket is boring etc etc.. Those who watched the recently concluded Eng V SA test series will not comment silly. It is a perfect example of how interesting TEST cricket will be.. Bull shit with this IPL, WT20 etc. I am ready to watch 5 more TEST matches btw Eng vs SA or SA vs Aus or those countries that play competetive test cricket rather than these useless T20s

Posted by paps123 on (September 12, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Indeed, this is a very sad news for world cricket. And for those people who think Test cricket will always survive, Yes It will..... But it will be bruised and battered and kicked off to the dustbin as Sri Lanka and West Indies have just done. The species will survive but only confined to the Zoos in a selected few countries. It is well worth considering giving Test status to teams like Ireland who at least will value a Test match. Well done to IPL too for playing its part in ruining International cricket.

Posted by amilag on (September 12, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

This IPL is killing the cricket.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

More ODIs between Sri lanka and India? This is getting Lame T20s are very one directional. Cricket is Test cricket. T20s are more baseball Play the tests on balanced pitches (not flat) and then see if people dont show up! Also stop copying India. They have such a big population, they can pull off anything. Even if only 5% of Indians like something, that 5% is a lot actually!

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (September 12, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Money talks! BCCI has bought every cricketing nation...In about 20 years time, there will be hardly any match between 2 nations...Most of the matches will be league tournaments run by Indian businessmen...

Posted by himohan007 on (September 12, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

I don't know why most of the people dislike Ind vs SL ODIs having seen CB series and recent bilateral series though it was most matches have been won by India these 2 teams clash provides lot of competition and entertainment. But don't schedule immediately after IPL because our player will face fatigue problem. IPL must be shrunk in volume to betterment FTP

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

nw itz time for a rule evry country should play full series twice each other (home & away) in every 4 years time......and shouldn't allow to cancel any FTP series very sad

Posted by kishorerajub on (September 12, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

These Guys does not respect Countries,they are always go for cash,They will end up in KP s way.SUre

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Way to go SLPL.....although test between these two teams sound boring(I would prefer more like SL/WI vs SA or Aus or vice versa instead). Its nice though since I love tri-series and WI is getting better by the day as well.

Posted by stalefresh on (September 12, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

I don't think even players want to play test cricket..that is cruel realiy here. Otherwise players like Mahela, Sangakara are placed well to demand more test cricket..but clearly they don't. The glory days are over...this is an end on an era and no one will do anything about it.

Posted by here2rock on (September 12, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Aaaagh, sick of SL V India matches.

Posted by yoogi on (September 12, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

In following years, it will be a news if some of these money-starved cricket boards choose to ignore IPL for any international match. In that sense that atleast some players gets paid good amount even when your board struggle to meet payments is the only positive of the IPL.

Posted by YS_USA on (September 12, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Test matches are interesting to watch only when your team is playing and your stars are performing, but T20s and OIDs are interesting to watch no matter who is playing, e.g. UK v SA, Aussies v. pak, IPL teams that do not belong to any country. Mostly because there is a chase, like baseball, every day and not on the fifth day.

Posted by Great_Chucker on (September 12, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

SL not playing any away test against any top nations will only increase the averages of Mahelas,Sangas,Dilshans who can make make double hundreds in Colombo other small centers ....and will fill up the stadiums with die-hard fans like wijitha_srilanka

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Shocking!This clearely shows WICB & SLC wants their players to take part in IPL instead of longer format of the game.IPL ruining the game

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

I love test cricket but lets face it, it is dying. T-20 is the new thing in cricket. The 50 over game will survive but test cricket is not as exciting as the other two and is on its dying bed. Very sad.

Posted by Great_Chucker on (September 12, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

@wijitha_srilanka SL is boon to Whole world...LOL...its because of india touring SL that your cricketers get their salary.. your cricketers Malinga,Dilshan,Sanga,Mathews etc make money by playing in IPL....do you know how much loss STAR TV has by broadcasting SLPL .. no one would be suprised if they scrap whole tournament next year.. btw its boring to see SL reguraly thrashed by India

Posted by Mahaanama on (September 12, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Ohhh noooo! This tri-series will NOT be held on flat tracks it means flat track bullies will be knocked out as what happened in the tri-series in Australia so SL and WI will automatically go to finals. Why we have a team in this tri series who always knocks out on fast tracks ? Please play test series as it was planed or play SL vs WI final instead and play 2 test matches as well.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 12, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

@Dilbar786: First find a team which matches international level, this is the only team whose fans will celebrate going to cb series finals as a world cup win, but will not mention that they lost every match in the asia cup, will blame india for 0-8 but won't mention the fact that they have been repeatedly thrashed by the indians over the years and now to top it all would cancel test matches to play in 'our' ipl!!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

There are two threads to this trend. 1) Both SLC and WICB need money. Test cricket cannot generate it but by 'lending' their players to the IPL, the two boards can earn some money. Also India's participation in the triangular will mean more eyeballs and tv rights money for them. 2) The other trend is declining interest in Test cricket all over the world except perhaps in Australia and England. What we need is a reinvention of Test cricket to make it viable for fans to follow it which the unwieldy 5-day engagement with no result guaranteed does not do. If reforms are not in place Test cricket will slip into a two-nation Ashes rivalry like the Wightman's Cup in women's tennis was. As long as India's economy is doing better than the world economy and BCCI raking in more than any other board, IPL will remain the international premier league pretending to be cricket what essentially is 'bashball'.

Posted by burner1985 on (September 12, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Cricket is a sport, since when did it become entertainment? Who cares if nobody watches. Those who really know the game will definitely support test cricket. Those who want to make a quick buck and have a party will prefer t20 over tests. I'm not against t20 but its no replacement for ODIs and Tests. Along with millions of other fans, I'm too am sick of seeing Ind. Vs. SL.It will be Kholi scoring century after century with Malinga being hammered all over the park. Administrators are ruining the game while the so called governing body watches it all unfold.

Posted by cricpolitics on (September 12, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Folks who are complaining that people don't have time to watch five days of test cricket, who is asking to watch all five days. You can watch any day you have time for, you can even watch shorter intervals that could get very exciting. There could be many ups and down in a test match and if you miss one you always have the chance to catch up and watch an exciting session the next day. Today's test cricket is fast and becoming more entertaining and exciting by the day. If you think about it it's really the one day cricket that is becoming more boring as a result of T20 since more and more one day games are becoming one sided affairs and when you have meaningless series like this one it becomes even more stale.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

IPL is going to ruin SL Cricket,SLC board is only to activate BCCI decisions, ,What a shame this is !!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

I m not a big fan of IPL/T20 but it means money for cricketers. Its all abt money.. Even we do change jobs for money...so thats nothin wrong in players choosing IPL over Tests. But to save test cricket please provide IPL window every year. A wise man will make a stronger enemy his ally.

Posted by DwightR on (September 12, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

terrible, i agree with the IPL window and happy that WI n SL players can now play in the IPL but SL v WI test in the caribean is such a rare occurence I was very excited for it. Last thing needed to replace the test was throwing India in there so we can witness another SL v Ind match for the 5000th time...those two playing each other is so played out, bring in any other team...even ireland would be better

Posted by Romenevans on (September 12, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

LOL! That means Yet another thrashing on the way for Lankans by Kohli. What a joke lol. We are bored of outplaying this mediocre lankan team. Please no more torture!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

its a fact that people are loosing interest in test cricket and there are reasons for that. no one has time to sit nd watch 5 days of slow cricket. t20 added that charm to cricket which it was missing. the spectators are increasing day by day only because of t20 cricket. now we can't hold on to the old idea that test cricket is the best cricket when it is loosing popularity so fast.

Posted by steve_mcking1 on (September 12, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

This is terrible news. The ICC should be there to prevent this sort of occurrence. Who is looking out for the long-term interests of the game?

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

I don't know if any of you know this but Sangakkara will miss out one of the most decorated records because of this. He has scored a test century in every country except WI. This was his last chance to complete the record. Don't think he will get another chance again.

Posted by priyanks11 on (September 12, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Ahhh...again India vs Srilanka...i am sick of them...same old lousy stuff...matches are so mechanical...

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

What a joke. IPL is killing cricket.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Boring ! Why not Bangladesh or Pakistan.....

Posted by popahwheely on (September 12, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Very bad call i cant understand how league cricket is getting more priority than international test cricket. That should is the ultimate format, feel sorry for the fans and the younger up and coming cricketers who enjoy test cricket. Just drop the "stars" that got picked for ipl and play the rest of the players in the test matches.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

What can you expect? The test matches NZ played over in WI had about 50 - 100 folks attend all 5 days of 2 test matches. Why would WICB schedule more test matches when they know it doesn't really create any feel among the West Indies public? Similarly SL cricket fans barely attend a test match but they come in good numbers for a ODI and Twenty20. I think before starting to blame the IPL, the Sri Lanka and West Indies public need to start attending the test matches in good numbers. Recently we saw good crowd presence in the NZ v India series but then doesn't India play IPL?

Posted by Ben1989 on (September 12, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

really?? this is where cricket is heading?? SL play India about 10,000 a year, surely another series wasn't needed? these are two teams trying to get back into the test rankings, so the boards should be trying everything to help the test team, yet scrap test matches in favour of pyjama cricket?? where's the priorities lie? ICC needs to step in here considering they're just making their own FTP now & say this isn't good enough, all test playing nations should be travelling to play TEST CRICKET as a PRIORITY & not this one-day forgettable nonsense, I love any cricket, but this is ridiculous....

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

The 20/20 format of Cricket is just a MONEY making affair a night out with the "boys" and have a few drinks .Super Swipeing in an attemp to hit boundries . The pace of the world of sports is fast pace so Cricket must catch up so they interduce this version with lots of excitement . We the Cricket "purest" will continur to complain but the bottom line is MONEY The world is moving forward so let's get on board . Cricket Lovely Cricket .

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 12, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

A poor decision and not a good sign for the game of cricket. ICC must intervene. Real cricket fans love to see test matches. I fear this T20 only policy will affect the development of quality players in the times to come. In future we might end-up with a bunch of baseball swingers and pitchers as only test matches will help players to develop complete set of cricketing skills and the correct mentality.

Posted by sohaibahmad on (September 12, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

This is bad news for circket, WI/SL/IND are killing test cricket, guess theyve realised that they can never be world beaters at test level....

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

Smartest decision EVER! Test cricket does not bring out the masses here in the Islands anymore, T20 and 50 over DOES... if you want packed houses and stadiums to more limited overs tours! Tests are dead outside of Australia, England and India

Posted by Dashgar on (September 12, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

This is stupid. IPL is one month of the year. Why aren't SL playing tests on the other 11 months. If your boards don't want to compete with IPL that's reasonable but why not reschedule the games instead of just cancel then.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (September 12, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

I wasn't going to watch this series anyways. I still won't. Although I'd have checked in to see if if Gayle did anything special.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (September 12, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

@amrules...first find a bowler who matches international level

Posted by bzzd on (September 11, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

This is a lousy idea. 20/20 is killing my interest in cricket. May as well watch baseball!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (September 11, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

SL have Full Member status but part of that involvesw playing home and away series vs every other Full member at Tests every four years. I am surprised at West Indies in allowing this to go ahead and really this needs a strong response from ICC. Tests or no Full member status. As for IPL there has to be some understanding that while it's nice to get rich playing silly trash games but the real business of international cricketers is to play tests and ODI's. At its inception the organisers of IPL made clear that it was not trying to usurp the status of international cricket but that if anythibng it was there to fill a gap in people's diaries. it's time for IPL to deliver on this and not hire those with international commitments at the same time. And it is time for BCCI to enforce this.

Posted by the_wallster on (September 11, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

This was going to happen sooner or later. The only countries that make money from test cricket are England and Australia. And it is subsequently going to kill cricket in those countries. The appetite for 50 and 20-over games just isn't as insatiale as Test cricket in Englan and Australia, so without Test cricket the game is gone. You'll have a dozen or so players coming out of those countries and they'll just play IPL. 50-over cricket has got to go, and t20 has got to become the sole one-day format in order to rebalance the schedule and formats of the game.

Posted by SanSL5 on (September 11, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

more matches vs India? hell yea! why don't we just cancel the WI tour and play ANOTHER series with India instead?

Posted by ElBeeDubya on (September 11, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

I also completely agree with everyone who thinks that we need to give a window for IPL!!!!!! Not just IPL, but SLPL, BPL, BBL, the proposed WIPL and, in the futureAPL, EPL, PPL and NZPL!!!!! We all need to see Jayasuriyas and Valthattys over and over playing quality cricket like in the IPL!!!!!! Remember how we all loved Valthatty and the greatest innings of the 21st century he played last year!!!!!! We would see several such great innings from every Valthatty's in the world if we have more PeeEls!!!!!!! Sorry about all the exclamation marks but I am soooo excited about league cricket!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

Does it matter-WI and Lanka test matches how many people watch it??It is not end of the world..

Posted by BravoBravo on (September 11, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

The matches between SL and IND are really torturous, boring and waste of time. I will not be surprised that during thiis so called tri-series one or two test matches between SL andd will be squeezed, so that low ranking IND could get some elevation in the ranking before ENG arrives there. Oh god, when and how SL will understand that playing with IND is killing SL cricket. If the poor state of cricket in IND prevails then IPL will die on its own or go in moratorium. The same thing happened with Packer's circus some 25 years ago.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

Bad idea. Sangakarra and Jayawardene will be past their best in tests and close to retirement.

Posted by sanjay182 on (September 11, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

As a West Indian this is very disappointing. Here in the Caribbean we look forward to test matches very much, even if we are low in the rankings. If this decision was only made to avoid clashes with the IPL then that is just disgusting. This is not what is needed if test cricket is to prosper or if teams like West Indies wish to move up in the rankings.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

i know why cricket is dying in srilankam , we play india 2,3 times per year , 15 to 20 matches with india per year, wow cant get worst than this

Posted by AMRules on (September 11, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

No more ODIS with SL please. Why can't you play with minnows like Pak :P

Posted by mihir_nam on (September 11, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

Wow Tri Series with India...No Doubt why Sri Lanka lost to India in WC final 2011, and keep on loosing ODI series against India on regular Basis..i think BCCI feeds Sri Lanka cricket board

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Not good, but the only way back from it is if the punters vote with their feet and don't turn up to watch yet another SL vs Ind ODI series. And what's the chance of that? Come on WICB, support the only form of cricket you've ever been good at!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

This is the start of the end for test cricket. If SL don't play WI for a test series in this tour, will they be conducting a special tour just for a test? I think not....

Sad day for cricket

Posted by getparam on (September 11, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

I will not be surprised if few other cricket boards also change their schedule so that their players can play in IPL. Everyone wants to be part of IPL these days.

Posted by Nervewrecker on (September 11, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Geez ! More India vs Sri Lanka matches! How I wish there was a fallout in diplomatic relations between India and Sri Lanka. We would have been spared this never ending torture.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Look!!!Fact remains Fact. IPL is good in both terms, financially and entertainment wise. Cricket is changing and ofcourse no format can replace Test. But there will be cut down on both previous format to make way for third. If BCCI and ICC sit together they can make a decision. From BCCI, they should reduce the amount of time in IPL and ICC should give them a window. And for ECB, they won't face any KP saga again.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

note more IND-SL Odiis..play ireland or sumthiung

Posted by 9ST9 on (September 11, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

SL Last played a test in WI in 2008, the last time these sides met the tests were washed off and now these clowns replace 2 tests with ODI's? for god's sake aren't we tired of ODIs?

Posted by Srini88 on (September 11, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

Ah.. Please dont want another series with SL!!!

Posted by allblue on (September 11, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

The beginning of the end?

Posted by Rahulbose on (September 11, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Sad but inevitable, it makes more sense for both the boards and the players. One can't help but wish that times were different. That we would be looking forward to a test series between WI and Srl. With someone like Ambrose running into bowl at Sangakkara, but in current times WI vs SRL would be a drab test series anyway.

Posted by TheGreatestGameEverPlayed on (September 11, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

I smell something fishy going on around here. Seriously......???? cancelling 3 test matches, so a few players can play league. Its not the fault of players, its just "good for nothing" SLBC. These kinda incidents must be highly publicized and exposed to the people.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (September 11, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

ICC should do something about this. There is a Future Tours Program for a reason. If the Sri Lankan board keeps scrapping test matches, it will soon become a farce.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

you've got to be kidding me.. oh well.. there goes any hope of Sri Lanka's future in cricket

Posted by InnocentGuy on (September 11, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Well, no point complaining about IPL any more. Sad fact is it is here to stay. Every year, come April, people start bashing IPL. Nothing happens, but the IPL rolls on.

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (September 11, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Hear! Hear! Why bother playing test cricket when players can slog for 20 overs and call themselves cricketers. Sri Lankan test cricket is going to suffer because of this, but, then again, it's not as if the Sri Lankan Cricket Board actually cares about that. Hey, perhaps they can bring back Sanath Jayasuriya to play in these matches because, after all, he did not bid farewell to the Caribbean in proper fashion.

Posted by merandy on (September 11, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Near-sighted SLC is killing Sri Lanka Cricket!

Posted by nlambda on (September 11, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

As an Indian, this makes me sad. Really. I will miss test matches in about 5-10 years time.

Posted by Geeva on (September 11, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

This is such a poor decsion!!Should be a test series...surely WI and SL can play in Feb and March!!I dont see why WI are touring Aus in feb...WI season should be Feb to March!How can SL improve there away record if they dont play test!!Hoping WI and Pak play 4 match test series in june!!WI should make enough revenue from the Tri series!Lets hope they change there minds!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

This is troublesome for Test cricket on so many fronts. Sigh.

Posted by bala2rahul on (September 11, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Brilliant SLC, keep on scrapping tests.. Definetlty IPl is more important. We all know what the real reason is.

Posted by SirGarny on (September 11, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Another IPL cave-in. The trend continues. The FTP is no longer a priority with premier players. Hence the cancellations. Test cricket and it's appeal to purists cannot generate the level of income as the limited overs formats. The ICC must recognize that and schedule accordingly.

Posted by Shafaet_001 on (September 11, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Excellent,thats the way to kill the real cricket.

Posted by 1st_april on (September 11, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

SL.....after watching umpiring levels against PAK in the last test series.....its better if you don't feature in tests....

Posted by m_kamb on (September 11, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

India and Sri Lanka only capable of playing with each other.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (September 11, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

India-Sri Lanka playing in A Tri-Series! I am so excited.........NOT! Haven't India already played Sri Lanka a gazillion times since 2009?

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

When people bash IPL and say that it should not be given preferential treatment, these are exactly the kind of events they are not anticipating or understanding. The IPL organizers do not need a window. It is the other countries which need it to avoid having their players give more preference to IPL. Players are entitled to earn money if they can. Even the English players are very interested in participating in IPL, but miss out in bidding due to their clashing test match commitments. If it is such an ego issue to assign IPL a window with its current name, why not try to have it renamed International Playing League and have a couple matches in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I guess it will make everyone happy.

Posted by kannanisbad on (September 11, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

TEST MATCH IN SRILANKA...... RIP

Posted by liaqathussain on (September 11, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

we are seeing the end of international cricket infront of our eye's..

t20 cricket (ipl.spl.bpl.bb. etc etc ) its becoming one big joke,

cricket is played so much that no games mean anything now and no player cares, he plays 1 inning today and plays another 4 with in the next 2 weeks, for cricket purist like me this new wave of money before cricket has left me with no real desire for cricket,

Posted by Krusade38 on (September 11, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

cmon arent enough guys bored of watching SL VS INDIA?

Posted by cricpolitics on (September 11, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Simple equation, India offered to send their team and have an ODI series instead in order to avoid the clash with IPL. Both WI & Sri Lanka obliged to the offer.

Posted by harmske on (September 11, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

aahhh, it's always heartening to hear tests getting scrapped in favour of meaningless odi's.......these administrators - god bless 'em.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Yet another India Srilanka Matches.! Well really suffocated with these oft repeated games and results.!

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 11, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

im sorry but for there to be no tests is a scandal. the ICC should never allow this. there should be tests as a must to every tour. and as there is a 3rd team india makes it all the more dafter. the windies need tests for their improvement not ods and t20s. i can understand india because test cricket seems to be the last thing on their minds

Posted by wijitha_srilanka on (September 11, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

IPL is simply ruining the quality of world cricket. India has been a curse to all the other cricketing nations. Its pretty sad...

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Bad sign for cricket ....

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 11, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Very disappointing indeed! I just cant understand why is SLC culling tests from the FTP.

Posted by shillingsworth on (September 11, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

The ICC's website states: 'The ICC Future Tours Programme aims to provide a structured programme of cricket for Full Member countries''. Hard to see anything resembling a structure here.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Will India and SL stop playing each other for a while? 2 years ago, when NZ came to SL, India joined as a team for tri-series, SL joined in when India toured Australia this year, now this? I also hate how they are scrapping Test Matches so the players can play in the IPL!

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (September 11, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

IPL is great. Test cricket is boring. Move on cricket boards and play more T2020 cricket. I am loving it.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

gimme a break...WI vs Sl would have been a really engrossing Test Match series.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

AWFUL. but from players point of view, its fair on them.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Another India-Sri Lanka matches? you got to be kidding me why on earth would you cancel Test matches West Indies? because you're not that good of a team yourself.

Posted by wolfofthepack on (September 11, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

this is nonsense i was waiting to see where if WI can continue there form in test which they shown agasnist NZ not witstanding bang

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Terrible decsion. Test cricket is the premier leaugue. All other forms are mickey mouse compared.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

This is a sad sad day for cricket...

Posted by Narbavi on (September 11, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Carribean pitches are good for fast bowling, so i guess that's the reason lankan board decided to cancel the series as they would be losing to WI, but little did they realize that by making india play they are going to lose to us again!! At the end, its a loss for test cricket!!

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