Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2013

SLC explores possibilities of filling Zim series void

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

August 31, 2013

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Graeme Cremer celebrates the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group C, World T20 2012, Hambantota, September 18, 2012
With Sri Lanka's tour of Zimbabwe in doubt, SLC has approached four countries to consider filling the void in their calendar © Associated Press

Sri Lanka Cricket has approached other cricket boards to look into the possibility of organising a tour to the country after receiving a request from Zimbabwe Cricket seeking postponement of their scheduled series. Sri Lanka are to play two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s in Zimbabwe between October 6 and November 4.

According to SLC secretary, Nishanth Ranatunga, SLC has approached the West Indies Cricket Board, New Zealand Cricket, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board, to possibly host a tour in the period scheduled for the Zimbabwe series, in case the tour is postponed.

"We have written to a few countries that are without any international fixtures in October-November and are awaiting a response from them," Ranatunga said. "We have to first know of the availability of the countries before deciding on the tour schedule. We are looking at three weeks in October."

Of the teams approached, New Zealand are scheduled to travel to Bangladesh between October 2 and November 7, after which they will tour Sri Lanka. Australia will be touring India for a limited-overs series. England will be preparing for the Ashes in Australia, starting in November, while West Indies are scheduled to tour New Zealand in December for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s.

Earlier this week, Ranatunga had confirmed that Zimbabwe Cricket had written to the board asking to postpone the tour, due to some "challenging issues" that the host board was facing. The e-mail has been circulated among the members of the SLC executive committee and a decision on it will be taken next week.

"If Zimbabwe cannot accommodate us at the moment and are seeking a postponement we will have to communicate with them and find out when it is suitable to play the series in the near future," he said.

If the Zimbabwe tour is postponed, it is likely to be a setback to Sri Lanka as they try and improve their Test ranking. Sri Lanka are currently seventh in the ICC rankings for Test teams, above New Zealand and Bangladesh. The board had already postponed two scheduled Tests in the Caribbean and three Tests against South Africa at home. Sri Lanka last played a Test series against Bangladesh in March and their next scheduled Test, after Zimbabwe, is a three-match series against Pakistan in the UAE in December.

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Posted by saksharun on (September 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

ahh...they the ZIM CRICKET does it again-well i do think sometimes why they are readmitted to test cricket-if they do not have enough money for their players-the icc surely should have to think about it seriously.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

no one would like to play with these jokers os SLC board..Only a retarded board will trust them..Nishantha , Darmadasa and SLC ruined cricket in Sri Lanka..the only thing this country had

Posted by RobinMama on (September 4, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

Now this is crazy. I think no one should play Tests with Sri Lanka. They don't play Test Cricket even at home where they cancelled the SA Test Series due to SLPL. And hell yeah they didn't have the SLPL as well. They cancelled the whole England Series when IPL formed for the first time. And the next time, players didn't participate to the practice matches in England due to IPL clash. I don't think Sri Lanka should be a Test Playing Nation anymore.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Well I do not think that Sri Lanka can be compared to Holland or Ireland.

Sri Lanka is probably second in ODIs and T20s to India only at the moment and have the capability to beat any other team anywhere.

And no, I do not think Ireland will win 2!!!

Posted by   on (September 3, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

On the day Nishantha Ranathunga resigned from SLC, Sri Lanka will play more test matches than IPL games.Waiting till that day.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

It makes me so irritated that Sri Lanka play many tests. Even when they do finally get a tour, they only do 2 tests. Why don't they understand that the only way to improve their test team is to play more matches!!!!!

Posted by Udendra on (September 2, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

anything without another SLvsIND series!!

Posted by Yasassri on (September 2, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

ignore IPL and other major T20 events and schedule cricket tours, that will boost Sri Lanka cricket.

Posted by tennakoon63 on (September 2, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

India is planning to get WI for Sachin's 200th test appearance instead of SA. So why don't SLC ask CSA for a tour. The other choice is to get WI to tour SL after they finish the Indian leg.

Posted by Timmuh on (September 1, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

Its such a shame Zimbabwe has come to this again so quickly. If the tour can't go ahead, I'm sure Bangladesh could do with some Tests. Maybe add Ireland into a tri-series for ODIs (and if so give them much needed First Class tour games against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka "A").

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