With the start of cricketing sports every county is more focusing towards the T20 games and in Test format. Every team releases their schedule which access more towards test and in T20Is. As every team is competing to the best side for the T20 World Cup 2021 and for the ICC World Test Championship mace. Same as that for England team, the series with Sri Lanka will be very crucial for the England team as if they have to keep them in the list of qualification into the finals of inaugural edition of ICC World Test Championship which will played at Lord’s in summer 2021.
To sustain their position, England Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the England tour of Sri Lanka which consists of two test matches in the upcoming year. Earlier the Test match against Sri Lanka was scheduled in the month of March 2020 but due to the unexpected return to the home from South Africa due to corona virus scare. Because of this situation England team doesn’t played a single match in the ODI format against South Africa.
Earlier this year around March 2020, both the teams played two Practice games which eventually got up in tie and the main event was supposed to be start in the March 19,2020 in Galle and second test match to be played at Colombo on 27th March 2020 but due to the outbreak of COVID-19, series was postponed and abandoned at that time. Now both the board, Sri Lanka Cricket Board and The England Cricket Board had decided to continue the series with immediate effect and re schedule it for January 2021.
Both the teams will play two tests matches. The first Test match will be played from 14th January to 18th January whereas the second Test match will be played from 22 January to 26th January 2021. Both the teams will br under bio secure protocols for the safety of the players and match will played behind the closed doors while both the matches will also be played at the same venue that is at Galle International Stadium.
Actual plan slot of England tour of Sri Lanka
The reports suggests that England Cricket Board will manage the travelling schedule like this as England squad will board the flight on January 2 from London to Hambantota, where they have to follow strict quarantine norms and then they will have Practice sessions from 5th January to 9th January at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.
With the conclusion of both the matches, England will leave from Lanka on 27th January 2021. This series will must win game for the England side as they are now present at the third position behind India and Australia. They have point of 292 points with 60.8%. To keep their momentum on the incline note, they have to win the series against Sri Lanka.
Schedule of the Tour
14th January to 18th January 2021, Thursday : First Test match played at Galle International Stadium , Galle.
22nd January to 26th January 2021, Friday: Second Test match played at Galle International Stadium, Galle.