England say ‘congested’ schedule reason behind Sri Lanka tour during monsoon season

first_imgRain affected England’s first three one day internationals in Sri Lanka in varying degrees.The first ODI in Dambulla was rained out after only an hour’s play, whereas the second one was shortened as England walked away with a 31-run win via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.The third match in Kandy, which England won by seven wickets on Wednesday, was delayed by six hours due to persistent rain and reduced to 21-overs each side.READ – 2nd ODI: Chris Woakes stars as England beat Sri Lanka via DLS in rain-hit clashThe England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday came out in defence of their decision to tour Sri Lanka during the monsoon season, saying the hectic international schedule left very little “wriggle room”.”After hosting England, Sri Lanka spend the rest of the 18-19 season touring New Zealand, Australia and South Africa,” the ECB said in a statement.READ – Rain washes out 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Dambulla”They play their first match in New Zealand on December 8, which left very little wriggle room given our final Test in Sri Lanka finishes on November 29.After hosting England, Sri Lanka spend the rest of the 18-19 season touring New Zealand, Australia & South Africa.They play their first match in New Zealand on Dec 8, which left very little wriggle room given our final Test in Sri Lanka is finishes on Nov 29.England Cricket (@englandcricket) October 17, 2018″The Future Tours Programme is congested … so there are unfortunately a number of tours that have to take place outside prime match-staging periods.”advertisementREAD – Morgan, Rashid give England 2-0 unbeatable lead in 5-ODI series vs Sri LankaIn respect of touring Sri Lanka at this time of year:The Future Tours Programme is congested involving 13 Boards whose schedules all interconnect, so there are unfortunately a number of tours that have to take place outside prime match-staging periods.England Cricket (@englandcricket) October 17, 2018Eoin Morgan’s side will play two more ODI matches against Sri Lanka on Saturday and Tuesday, before a Twenty20 game in Colombo on October 27.England will then face the hosts in a three-Test series, which begins in Galle on November 6.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more