Scotland to face Sri Lanka in May
Scotland will play Sri Lanka in two 50 over matches this summer as part the number six ranked ODI sides preparation for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England.
The sides will meet on Sunday 21st May and Tuesday 23rd May at The County Ground in Beckenham, Kent with the Sri Lankan side due to be at full strength as they warm up to take on South Africa, India and Pakistan in June.
It will be the first time that the Scots have played Sri Lanka since the 2015 Cricket World Cup when the sides met in Hobart, that day saw centuries from both Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who have both since retired from international cricket, led Sri Lanka to a 148-run win despite a battling 70 from Freddie Coleman.
Whilst the ability to play the matches as ODIs was not possible the opportunity presented to Scotland to take on a powerful Sri Lanka side was not lost on Head Coach Grant Bradburn, “To secure two opportunities to play Sri Lanka is so valuable for Scotland. Our National team are desperate to play as much quality cricket as possible to keep advancing the growing skills and depth across our whole Scotland Performance squads.
Despite these games not being official ODI’s we will treat them as if they are. Any opportunity to play a Full Member team is brilliant for our development and we look forward to fielding a side that resembles our strongest possible line up. We hope that the opportunity to play in Kent will allow the many Scots and Sri Lankans based down South to come and support their team. Wherever we play in the world there are Scots who love cricket and we look forward to welcoming you to Beckenham Kent for what is sure to be two great occasions”.
Both matches will be free entry to the general public it is hoped a large number of southern based Scots will come out in force to support the side. Cricket Scotland is grateful for the support of Kent CCC and The County Ground, Beckenham in helping stage the matches.
Sunday 21st May & Tuesday 23rd May (both matches start at 10.45am) – The County Ground, Beckenham, Kent