2019 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
Sri Lanka will mount its campaign at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup that gets underway in England on May 30 with Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne leading his men against New Zealand in their opening fixture at Cardiff on June 1 at 3 p.m. Sri Lanka time. Prior to that, they will play two ODIs against Scotland on May 18 at Grange Edinburgh and on May 21 at the same venue and depart for England on May 22.
In a significant change to the showpiece tournament format in a departure from the past when teams clashed in group stages, the 2019 World Cup will all ten teams play each other on a round robin basis. It will effectively be a more open stage where the best of strengths will be pitted against each other. It is a move that must be viewed as a more pragmatic yardstick of deciding the champions.
Sri Lanka’s second match will be against Afghanistan on June 4 also at Cardiff at 3 p.m. Sri Lanka time in what will be of intense interest where the Lankans will be pressed to come good and avenge the acrimonious loss to the minnows of ODI cricket that saw them abruptly crash out of the 2018 Asia Cup after just the one game. Karunaratne and his charges will need to produce the type of fire power to overcome what will be a tough challenge from the Afghans who will be pepped up by the result of their last meeting when the two sides met.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will play Pakistan in the third fixture at Bristol on June 7 also at 3 p.m. Sri Lanka time in what will be as challenging having lost to their neighbouring sub-continent rivals in their last tour exchange.
Sri Lanka’s 2019 ICC World Cup Schedule:
1 New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff (10:30 BST)
4 Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Cardiff (10:30 BST)
7 Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Bristol (10:30 BST)
11 Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Bristol (10:30 BST)
15 Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval (10:30 BST)
21 England v Sri Lanka, Headingley (10:30 BST)
28 Sri Lanka v South Africa, Chester-le-Street (10:30 BST)
1 Sri Lanka v West Indies, Chester-le-Street (10:30 BST)
6 Sri Lanka v India, Headingley (10:30 BST)
By Srian Obeyesekere
-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-