West Indies Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket Board finally got on even terms to play a bilateral series in the upcoming month. The Kieron Pollard-led side will travel to Sri Lanka for a bilateral series in ODI and T20 forms of the game. It will be the first bilateral series since 2015, as far as limited-overs format is concerned.
West Indies are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on February 10, and they will play two warm-up games on February 17 and 20, before the first ODI on February 22. The first of the two warm-up matches will be an unofficial encounter at the P. Sara Oval, while the second game against a Board President’s XI at Katunayake will mark the official start of the tour.
The first ODI of the series will be played at the Colombo SSC on February 22. The second and third ODI of the rubber will be held in Hambantota and Kandy on February 26 and March 1. Only the first ODI will be a day game. The visitors are also scheduled to play two T20Is on March 4 and 6. Both the games will be held in Kandy under floodlights.
The last time the two teams played in a bilateral rubber was in 2018 when Sri Lanka played three Tests in West Indies. Meanwhile, the Caribbean side hasn’t toured Sri Lanka since 2015, where they slipped to a 3-0 loss in ODIs and drew the T20Is 1-1.
Sri Lanka have played nine T20Is against West Indies, winning six of them. But, their last 10 ODI encounters against the same opponents have seen eight wins and two losses. However, the teams have only faced each other once in limited-overs cricket since 2016. It was a dead rubber at the 2019 World Cup that saw Sri Lanka win by 23 runs.
Currently, Sri Lanka are involved in the Test series against Zimbabwe while West Indies reached home after playing an intense series against India and Ireland in the last couple of months.