SL vs IRE: Ireland And Sri Lanka Officially Agreed To Replace The ODI Series With An Additional Test

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Cricket Ireland announced today that it has agreed to amend the schedule that would lead to the men’s tour of Ireland from Sri Lanka in April being a two-match test series in Galle.

The previously announced bilateral schedule saw the two teams playing a single Test and two One Day Internationals (ODIs), but it was mutually decided that the two ODIs would be combined in one Test match.

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Sri Lanka are in New Zealand for a two-match series against the Black Caps, and their small dreams of reaching the final of this year’s ICC World Test Championship were dashed on Monday with a thrilling final loss to the Kiwis.

While Ireland’s visit will not be part of the World Test Championship, it will provide valuable practice for Sri Lanka ahead of the upcoming World Test Championship.

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The five-day contests will also be crucial for Ireland, who have only played three Test matches in the last six years. Ireland’s next three matches will now be played in less than two months, with two tests in Sri Lanka followed by a one-off against England in early June.

“When Sri Lanka Cricket approached us about the possibility of a change”- Richard Holdsworth

Richard Holdsworth, Director of High Performance for Cricket Ireland, said: “When Sri Lanka Cricket approached us about the possibility of a change to the schedule, our immediate thoughts turned to our white ball priority, given the possible qualification for the 50+ World Cup later this year. it is still a tangible result. Speaking about our priorities and your priorities, we agreed to the late change as the Test series is preceded by six white ball matches in Bangladesh, and followed by three more ODIs after we return home.”

“Exposing our playing group to an extended period in Asian conditions will be beneficial to their development and since this year’s World Cup is in India, the more exposure to these conditions the better, even though it is a different format. ”. Richard Holdsworth added.

Ireland is a country that does not usually play test matches. The upcoming one-off Test against Bangladesh will be the Irish men’s fourth red ball encounter overall. They have only played three test matches so far. Therefore, Ireland will benefit greatly from the decision to drop the ODI series in favor of adding one more Test match to the schedule.

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