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").

Posted by Outswinging on (September 1, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

A tour to the Caribbean would be great, except that it may be a bit precarious given that the hurricane season runs from 1 June to 30 November. It would be an excellent opportunity to usher in and groom the young promising fast bowlers Catterrell, Holder and Santokie to support Kemar Roach. Hopefully Bishoo would be recalled. Johnson Charles and Nicolas Pooran should also be taken on this tour. And hopefully, we will see the inclusion of the team's statesman Mr. Chanderpaul for at least the tests and ODIs. It would be great if Curtly Ambrose could be appointed to work with the fast bowlers.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Please extend the NZ tour to be 5 tests! That would be fantastic!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Anything except against India will be welcome by all. I think SL should tour Ireland for a series of 5 ODIs or something like that. WI are coming to India, and then India go to SA. So both WI and SA are booked. Australia will be coming to India for an ODI series. That leaves Pakistan, NZ, and ENG. But will those 3 agree to come to SL ? ENG most likely won't given they have the return leg of the Ashes tour. To them, the Ashes is the 'BE ALL' and 'END ALL' of cricket, which is quite silly IMO. So SL are better off giving their players rest or going off to Ireland for a short tour.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka tour to Ireland would be wonderful. It makes perfect sense bc I don't think there will be a tour to Zimbabwe in near future. For Sri Lanka it will be better to fill the gap in their schedule by touring Ireland. Since all the countries they have asked have problems, Ireland makes perfect sense. It is also beneficial to Ireland bc they get more experience to play test playing nation. Also Ireland is better team than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

The series should consider of 5ODI and 2-3T20. This series should help Ireland and Sri Lanka. I would guarantee they would have a sell out crowd. It would be an awesome series.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

People ? how about another series of India vs Sri Lanka ?

Posted by FoollyFedUp on (September 1, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

SL vs India. Heard the SA tour is in doubt. What the BCCI needs is a 7 match ODI tour against SL in India. Followed by a return 7 match ODI tour in SL. Epic stuff. Its been what, nearly 4 weeks since they played each other. Too long a break.

Posted by siddharth_r2001 on (September 1, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

"it is likely to be a setback to Sri Lanka as they try and improve their Test ranking". ARE YOU KIDDING?? If SL were at all concerned about their Test ranking and the need to improve it, they would not have cancelled Tests vs WI and SA in favour of a meaningless ODI tri-series and a T20 league that was always going to be dicey and finally never even happened. All the SL board cares about is the $$ and playing India in meaningless ODIs again and again and again and again!!

Posted by MeijiMura on (September 1, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

I am in total agreement with everyone else who has suggested a series against Ireland and other associates such as Afghanistan. Ireland and Afghanistan are both hungry for matches in the international arena, are always competitive and are competent in all three departments re: fielding, batting and bowling as distinct to Zimbabwe's incompetence in all three areas.

An ODI series with T-20s against one or both of Ireland and Afghanistan would be great for Sri Lanka if they couldn't get a series from any of the established Test playing countries.

There is no doubt that Zimbabwe shouldn't be playing international cricket. Hopefully one day in the not-too-distant future we will see Ireland admitted as a full Test playing country along with Afghanistan.

Back to the series though, I think the postponed tour of Zimbabwe might be a blessing in disguise for Sri Lanka as it would have been a mere training run and I don't think it would have provided any benefit whatsoever to the players.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

yes it would be great to watch ireland but ireland still is not a test playing nation thats why a test series is not possible. but surely a 5 match ODI series would be fun to watch. hope to see ireland as a test cricketing nation.

Posted by Perera32 on (September 1, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

For those who said SL should play Ireland, your spot on!. Sri Lanka should play Ireland in Ireland, to get used to early winter conditions, so Sri Lanka will be prepared for the England tour next year. In my view Ireland is without doubt a better cricketing nation than Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

i think srilanka vs westindies would be great to watch . I think westindies team at the moment in tests is playing weaker opponents . It would be great opportunity for both teams to show their class against stronger opponents either home or abroad. It would be a mouthwatering clash between gayle , samuels , chanders , bravo and co against sangakara , jayawardena ,tharanga ,dilshan and co .

Posted by   on (September 1, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

i would watch SL vs IRE anyday. The hunger the ireland has will take them far. Test nations should help out affiliate nations especially if they are as competitive as ireland and afghanistan. In a 5 match ODI series between SL-IRE, i would expect IRE to win two. Eagerly waiting to watch end-ireland next week. Always root for the underdogs especially if they have the hunger and determination to do well.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

invite bangladesh. they are not getting enough matches.

Posted by Dashgar on (September 1, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Would be great if SL could play Afghanistan and Ireland, perhaps in the UAE. You could have a tri-series, some first class games and a T20 each. Would be a great event for all concerned I think.

Posted by Jama on (September 1, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Ireland vs Srilanka

5 ODIS and 2 t20

or Tri series,

Ireland, Holland and Srilanka

Ireland would definitely perform better than Zimbabwe

Posted by KingOwl on (September 1, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

So, SLC wants England to 'host' a series in Oct/Nov? So, they plan to play cricket when the temp hits single digits? I think this is all eye wash. I think they will probably announce a 5 match one day series against India! Please, dear god, no!!!!!!!!!!

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