One Test match of the scheduled 3-match Test series between West Indies and Sri Lanka in the Caribbean land might get replaced with a limited-overs international match.
West Indies were originally scheduled to host three Test matches against Sri Lanka- the first Test from June 6-10 at the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain, the second from June 14-18 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, and the third from June 23-27 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground Gros Islet in St Lucia.
WINDIES' batsmen are getting ready. There is a camp in Barbados. They are being monitored by A Team Coach, Floyd Reifer. The next assignment incudes series agianst Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and the A Team to the UK. pic.twitter.com/mDrmu8yCTw
— CricketWestIndies (@westindies) May 11, 2018
However, due to the financial instability of the Windies cricket board, some changes in the schedule are possible. While earlier there were rumours that the series may be entirely scrapped, things seem a little more optimistic now.
The Sri Lankan cricket board’s CEO Ashley de Silva cleared the air while confirming that that the tour is no longer in danger: “The most likely scenario is that we might reduce one of the Test matches and convert that into an ODI series. They are looking at some of the alternatives. We should know within the next 48 hours what exactly is happening. Converting a Test match into an ODI series will financially benefit the hosts. We are waiting to hear from West Indies to get a clear idea.”
— PROUD JAMAICA (@proudofjamaica) May 18, 2018
The SLC official stated that WICB had requested the ICC for a financial bailout: “Even we have done that in the past. What usually happens is that the ICC gives away some money and then reduces from what is owed to the board for participation in ICC events. If the ICC bailout happens, we could even see all three Tests taking place.”
Earlier, in a similar turn of events, a Test series scheduled in West Indies in 2013 was converted into an tri-nation ODI series between Sri Lanka, Windies and India, after the hosts faced a financial crunch.
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