West Indies in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 1st ODI
Sri Lanka v West Indies
ODI no. 3092 | 2010/11 season
Played at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
31 January 2011 (50-over match)
Sri Lanka squad
TM Dilshan, CRD Fernando, HMRKB Herath, DPMD Jayawardene, CK Kapugedera, KMDN Kulasekara, SL Malinga, AD Mathews, BAW Mendis, M Muralitharan, NLTC Perera, TT Samaraweera, KC Sangakkara*†, LPC Silva, WU Tharanga
West Indies squad
AB Barath, CS Baugh†, SJ Benn, DJ Bravo, DM Bravo, S Chanderpaul, CH Gayle, NO Miller, KA Pollard, R Rampaul, KAJ Roach, AD Russell, DJG Sammy*, RR Sarwan, DS Smith
Toss No toss
Umpires EAR de Silva and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire TH Wijewardene
Match referee AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire RD Kottahachchi
Teams set for World Cup workout
West Indies and Sri Lanka can thank the rain that wreaked havoc during their Test series last year, causing the ODIs to be postponed to a date less than a month before the World Cup in the subcontinent. The delay allows both teams, having finalised their 15-man squads for the World Cup, to test their combinations and the players, several of whom have been playing domestic cricket in the recent months, to regain their groove in the 50-over game. Sri Lanka last played an ODI series in November, West Indies even further back in June when they were thrashed 0-5 by South Africa, and a series in the subcontinent provides a welcome platform for preparation.
Sri Lanka play most of their league games at home, though not at the SSC, the venue for the ODI series, while West Indies play none in Sri Lanka but in conditions not too dissimilar. The visitors, moreover, have players who've been out of action for quite some time and in need for some international exposure prior to the big tournament next month. Opener Adrian Barath hasn't played an ODI since March last year, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh hasn't done the same for more than two years while Ramnaresh Sarwan, recalled for the World Cup, has a point or two to prove to his detractors after having missed out on a central contract and been dropped for the Test series against Sri Lanka.
The hosts, with a series win over Australia in their last ODI assignment, their players having done well in the recently-concluded domestic one-day competition and familiarity with conditions start favourites but West Indies stand much to gain if they're able to present a strong challenge.
SLC suffers financial loss on West Indies series
The rescheduling of the one-day international series against the West Indies from December to late January has resulted in a loss of US$125,000 to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The series had to be postponed due to persistent bad weather across the island, and the number of matches was also curtailed from five to three.
Ajith Jayasekera, the SLC acting CEO, stated that the board had incurred a loss of approximately US$25,000 on each of the five matches that was to be televised by their broadcast partner Ten Sports. "We couldn't play the five matches and we didn't get the fee per match," Jayasekara said.
"The three-match series which is due to begin on January 31 is not a planned tour according to the agreement signed with the television broadcasting company. We have obtained legal advice and they say it should be considered a separate tour. It is not in the tour program according to the contract."Ten Sports had not planned for the postponement of the tour which occurred due to unforeseen circumstances and they were unable to meet those conditions. They also had no obligations for the current series."
In the absence of the regular broadcaster, the matches will be shown by Sri Lanka's national television station Rupavahini but will not be broadcast to the international audience.The venues for the matches have also undergone changes with all three of them scheduled to be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. The first match is to be played on January 31 followed by the second and third on February 3 and 6.Originally the matches were to be played at two World Cup venues, the first at Hambantota and the second and third at the R Premadasa Stadium. "At this point of time, there is no point in us being concerned about being unable to play at the World Cup venues," Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, said.
"Our mental approach has to be regardless of getting experience on the wickets, there is a World Cup to be played, and played well. So our preparation is going to be the same. We are strong enough and we have the character to deal with whatever comes our way."The series will be played in aid of the flood victims who lost their homes, belongings and loved ones during the recent floods in the country. Proceeds of all ticket sales will go to the flood victims, according to SLC.
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