West Indies cricket board reschedules Lanka series to squeeze in India for tri-series

West Indies cricket board reschedules Lanka series to squeeze in India for tri-series

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MUMBAI: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has re-scheduled Sri Lanka?s tour of West Indies to accommodate the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) by scrapping the two match Test series and replacing the ODI and T20 matches with a tri-series which will also feature India.

The move will be cheered by official media rights holder Ten Sports, which had recently renewed its rights with WICB for seven years beginning January 2013 through to 2020.

As part of the International Cricket Council?s (ICC) Future Tours Programme (FTP), Sri Lanka was originally scheduled to tour the Caribbean for two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals in 2013.

The limited overs portion of the Sri Lankan tour of the West Indies was originally scheduled for April/May, which would have clashed with IPL, which will take place from 3 April to 26 May.

The Sri Lankan tour of the West Indies was rescheduled to allow players from both teams to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the WICB said in a statement.

The two Tests have been deferred and will be played at a later date in the FTP cycle, it added.

The three teams will play the Caribbean in June and July next year in a seven match One Day International Tri Nation Series.

Each team will play the other two teams twice with the matches scheduled for Sabina Park in Jamaica and Queen?s Park Oval in Trinidad.

The Series will bowl off in Kingston on 28 June with the Windies tackling India. The final will be played on 11 July by the two teams with the most points after the six preliminary matches.

In addition to India and Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Pakistan will also tour the Caribbean in 2013, making it the first time four international teams will visit the region in a calendar year.

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