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Update Sri Lanka set for all-format tour of West Indies in March
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Sri Lanka will tour West Indies for an all-format tour beginning in March, marking the return of international cricket to the Caribbean, Cricket West Indies confirmed on Tuesday (February 16). The two sides will play three T20Is, three One-Day Internationals and two Tests in a bio-secure environment in Antigua from March 3 to April 2 behind closed doors.

"We are pleased to be able to finally confirm this tour. A number of COVID-19 related logistic hurdles have now been overcome and I want to thank Sri Lankan Cricket President, Shammi Silva and his team, for their co-operation in honouring their obligation to tour under the ICC FTP Agreement," CWI President Ricky Skerritt said in a statement. "We are also extremely grateful for the support we received from the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda, and St. Lucia in planning this tour. But it is regrettable that we are unable to include St. Lucia as part of this home series as we had originally hoped to due to the delay in Sri Lanka arriving and the need for the tour to end before the start of the Indian Premier League."

The ODIs will be part of the ICC Super League, while it will be the first time that an international cricket game by the West Indies men will be played at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) and the first T20I to be played in Antigua since 2013.

"CWI has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Sport in Antigua & Barbuda to orchestrate all the logistics and agree the safety and medical protocols for the tour. All players, support staff and match officials will be kept in a bio-secure environment, with regular COVID-19 PCR testing taking place with assistance from the local Ministry of Health and CARPHA, " a CWI release stated.

"We are delighted to be able to re-start international cricket in the West Indies, with the announcement of the tour by Sri Lanka. We have a full schedule featuring all three formats, which is sure to attract lots of attention from our fans, especially following on from the terrific Test Series win in Bangladesh. A lot of detailed planning has gone into the hosting of this tour and we are confident it will be a success," CWI CEO Johnny Grave, added.

International cricket was last played in the West Indies when Ireland had toured the islands in January last year. Since then, West Indies have embarked on three overseas tours to England, New Zealand and Bangladesh.

Itinerary:

March 3: 1st T20I at CCG

March 5: 2nd T20I at CCG

March 7: 3rd T20I at CCG

March 10: 1st ODI at SVRS

March 12: 2nd ODI at SVRS

March 14: 3rd ODI at SVRS

March 17-18: two-day warm-up match at CCG

March 21-25: 1st Test at SVRS

March 29 to April 2: 2nd Test at SVRS

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