Sri Lanka to play tri-series against Scotland and Ireland
Mon, Mar 14, 2011 9:32 PM
This summer Sri Lanka will travel to Edinburgh to play in an ODI tri-series, alongside Scotland and Ireland; following their Test series and ODI tour of England.
All three games will take place at the Citylets Grange ground in Edinburgh from 11-13 July. Sri Lanka will face Ireland on day one, with the two European sides facing each other in the middle day of competition, with the final day fixture consisting of hosts Scotland facing Sri Lanka.
Roddy Smith, Cricket Scotland CEO was delighted with the announcement of the tri-series said: "We are delighted that the Sri Lanka team will be visiting Scotland to play both ourselves and Ireland in ODIs. These games against Full Members are always vital, and will give the Scottish team another opportunity to compete against one of the best sides in the world.
"Following on from the recent visits of England, Australia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, it will also enable the Scottish cricketing public to see the Sri Lankan team in Scotland for the first time in an official One-Day International."
Cricket Ireland were thrilled to be invited to join in the tri-series. Ireland coach Phil Simmons, was delighted at the news commenting from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. "This is a great boost to us to face a side of the quality of Sri Lanka. They have proved already that they are one of the best sides in the world and they are just the sort of opponent we need.
"Ireland needs to play more one day internationals between World Cups to give us the experience we need to perform and excel at these tournaments. A game against Sri Lanka, who are ranked third in the ICC Rankings, is just the sort of fixture we are crying out for,? said Simmons.
Sri Lanka have only once before played Scotland and have only once played Ireland in the Emerald Isle - both in 1979, two years before being awarded Test status. The fixtures against Scotland and Ireland were three-day, two-innings matches at Shawholm (Poloc Cricket Club) against Scotland and at Londonderry against Ireland. Both games were drawn.