Sri Lanka Cricket Team have landed in West Indies to play an all-format series comprising of three One-Day Internationals, and two Tests will commence on March 3, 2021, in Antigua in a bio-secure environment. All the fixtures of the series will be conducted behind closed doors at the same venue owing to the COVID-19 situation.
Meanwhile, cricket returns to the Caribbean Islands in more than a year’s time. The last series they hosted was against Ireland in January 2020. The current tour was earlier scheduled to start from February 28, and that is when Cricket West Indies also had plans in place to keep one leg of the series in St Lucia. However, Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur and batsman Lahiru Thirimanne contracting COVID-19 led to a delay in the visitors’ arrival.
The ODIs are a part of the World Cup Super League, a precursor to the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 scheduled to take place in India, while the Tests form part of the World Test Championship, although neither of the two sides is in contention to qualify for the final.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2021 squads
ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (C), Shai Hope, Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair.
T20I squad: Kieron Pollard (C), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair.
Test squad: To be declared.
Test and ODI Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilake, Pathum Nissanka, Ashen Bandara, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Asitha Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananajaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilshan Madushanka, Suranga Lakmal.
T20I squad: To be declared.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka Schedule
March 3, 1st T20I at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
March 5, 2nd T20I at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
March 7, 3rd T20I at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
March 10, 1st ODI – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
March 12, 2nd ODI – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
March 14, 3rd ODI a-Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
March 17-18, Two-day warm-up match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
March 21-25, 1st Test – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
March 29 to April 2, 2nd Test – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Match Timings – 3:30 AM IST (T20Is); 7:00 PM IST (First two ODIs), 11:00 PM IST (3rd ODI); 7:30 PM IST (Tests)
TV and Live Streaming – To be updated