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    Sri Lanka agree to tour England in 2009

    Sri Lanka agree to tour England in 2009.

    ITSTL there - not sorry to have SL come once again at all, even though it was just 2 years (as of now) that they were last here, as it took such a long time for them to tour England properly ITFP. But I'm truly astonished this can be fitted-in what with this Twenty20 tournament AND The Ashes.

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    Looking at that, it's frightfully unusual, and the first time I can recall since 2000 that someone has played more warm-up games than Tests. Although the England A game is bound to be mis-penned, as it's down there as being scheduled for five days. Hopefully it'll be four rather than three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Looking at that, it's frightfully unusual, and the first time I can recall since 2000 that someone has played more warm-up games than Tests. Although the England A game is bound to be mis-penned, as it's down there as being scheduled for five days. Hopefully it'll be four rather than three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
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    I think it'll be an excellent series for SL -- three warm-up games in April/May mean that at least one won't be rained off, and the seaming conditions will be great experience for the (relative) youngsters.

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    Two-test series are a joke but I can make a concession for it this time, I guess.
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    Another 2-Test series meh. Still plan to watch an overseas Sri Lankan Test in the next couple years. Lords sound good to me. Might catch Man Utd winning the UCL again as well.
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    What about IPL,wouldn't that take preference over the england tour,both are on at the same time Could be 1 weak srilankan touring party.
    If not the IPL will miss a lot of lankan players as well as aussies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Two-test series are a joke but I can make a concession for it this time, I guess.
    No such kindness here, the series will mean absolutely nothing. It will end just after it threatens to get interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brockley View Post
    What about IPL,wouldn't that take preference over the england tour,both are on at the same time Could be 1 weak srilankan touring party.
    If not the IPL will miss a lot of lankan players as well as aussies.
    My first thought when I saw 3 warmups was "That is to **** with the IPL"

    I could be wrong but it now gives ECB leverage. An England tour is a massive carrot so no issue with Sri Lanka. Now England can use a warm up game or 2 as a negotiating tool.

    I hate the politics, but when you play with snakes I dont think you can be afraid to bite back.

    As I said I could be wrong, its just how it looked at first glance. I dont claim any inside knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brockley View Post
    What about IPL,wouldn't that take preference over the england tour,both are on at the same time Could be 1 weak srilankan touring party.
    If not the IPL will miss a lot of lankan players as well as aussies.
    Well Sri Lanka would have first perferance over the IPL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    My first thought when I saw 3 warmups was "That is to **** with the IPL"

    I could be wrong but it now gives ECB leverage. An England tour is a massive carrot so no issue with Sri Lanka. Now England can use a warm up game or 2 as a negotiating tool.

    I hate the politics, but when you play with snakes I dont think you can be afraid to bite back.

    As I said I could be wrong, its just how it looked at first glance. I dont claim any inside knowledge.
    Don't think it's the Lankan board you have to worry about, it's the players who'd probably prefer the IPL money than 3 warm ups. Could see them do a McCullum and Oram and miss a couple of warm ups.

    As for this being a huge carrot to dangle, it's true but India have done plenty for Sri Lanka in the past and are touring there next week specifically to help them out financially so I doubt anything England do would convince Lanka to stick two fingers up to BCCI so to speak.

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    Reckon it is bonus that the IPL and tour matches clash. Our top players will play in the IPL. Most have been on a couple English tours or played country cricket so they don't need to adapt as much. But the fringe players and new players will get a decent hit out in English conditions before the Test series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    Reckon it is bonus that the IPL and tour matches clash. Our top players will play in the IPL. Most have been on a couple English tours or played country cricket so they don't need to adapt as much. But the fringe players and new players will get a decent hit out in English conditions before the Test series.
    Just what I was about to say. In my earlier excitement, I didn't twig about it clashing with the IPL.

    Of course, experienced players should be able to fly in after the warm-up games, if required.

    Only two Tests, I know, but that's far better than nothing! After all, it's a replacement for the Zimbabwe series (would you really want 3 or 5 boring one-sided Tests?) rather than being planned as a proper series from the start.

    Especially when you consider how rarely SL have visited England in the past.

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    Why are Sri Lanka being treated like a woeful Test side who are only worth 2 Tests against bigger nations? It's a complete joke IMO.

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