March 31, 2010
Sri Lanka's Daily News confirmed today that Sri Lanka will play a series of Twenty20 Internationals after the World Cup.
the World Cup in the Caribbean the Sri Lankan team will also play a
series of Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand and the United
States of America during their historic maiden cricket tour to the USA," the newspaper wrote.
Daily News also noted that 40-year old Sanath Jayasuriya and 20-year old
Dinesh Chandimal would both be part of the squad for the World Cup in
the Caribbean and the tour of USA following that.
The full Sri Lanka squad is as
follows - Kumar Sangakkara, Muthiah Muralidharan, Tillekeratne Dilshan,
Mahela Jayawardana, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera,
Nuwan Kulasekera, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Chanaka
Welagedara, Chamara Kapugedara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Chinthaka
This latest news report follows last week's report from Pakistan's The Nation,
in which Nabeel Ahmed, USACA First VP, was quoted as saying: “Sri Lanka
Cricket (SLC) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) - have agreed to send their
teams immediately after the ICC Twenty20 final (in Barbados on May 16).”
Although the exact schedule is not yet known, the timing of the
matches following the ICC Twenty20 final would be perfect from a
“The weather condition in Florida is same as in West Indies and two
teams playing here will not find any problem as Florida is only one and
half hour flying away from West Indies,” Nabeel Ahmed told The Nation.
New Zealand has just finished their tour of Australia and look to
get some rest before reassembling on April 18th for a training camp
prior to departing for the Caribbean. The following Black Caps squad for the World T20 was announced yesterday: Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond,
Ian Butler, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Brendon McCullum,
Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Aaron
Redmond, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor.
In his 'Message from the CEO' dated March 5th, Justin Vaughan, CEO
of New Zealand Cricket wrote: "We are pushing ahead with plans for a
T20 series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka to be held in Florida in
May. If successful, it would be the first time two full ICC members
will have met in an official match on US soil and it follows the
agreement of a strategic partnership between NZC and the USA Cricket