West Indies, Sri Lanka abandon series because of IPL
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):
A Test series between West Indies and Sri Lanka carded for next April in the Caribbean has been abandoned to accommodate players' participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
An ODI triangular series involving Sri Lanka, West Indies and India has now replaced the series of two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s, originally planned.
Agreement has already been reached between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) after the International Cricket Council (ICC) refused to provide an exclusive window for the IPL.
WICB Corporate Communications Manager Imran Khan said all three boards had agreed, in principle to the tri-series.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did not confirm India's involvement in any change of plans.
"We have been told about this, but the matter is being discussed. Nothing has been decided or finalised yet," a senior BCCI official has said.
The decision also means that players from both teams will remain available during the IPL, which runs from April 3 to May 26 next year.
Dates and details would be finalised following final sanction from the BCCI.
In 2009, Sri Lanka declined to replace Zimbabwe in England, when Zimbabwe were unable to tour for political reasons.
In 2011, several players, including Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, missed tour matches playing in the IPL ahead of a three-Test series in England.
West Indies spin bowler Sunil Narine also missed two Tests against England because of his IPL commitments.
"Once you provide a window for one particular member, you have to be conscious of the fact you may well have to do it for other members," said then ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat during the body's annual meeting in June.
"Hence why we have not been supportive of a window specifically for any one of those domestic leagues."
The request for the tri-series has come from the WICB, reports in the Sri Lankan media have indicated.