Sri Lanka will take on Scotland in two 50-over matches in Kent in May, ahead of their Champions Trophy campaign in England and Wales in June, according to an announcement made on Cricket Scotland’s website on Thursday (February 16).
Beckenham’s County Cricket Ground will host both the games on May 21 and 23, and this will be the first time the two sides have met since their 2015 World Cup encounter, which Angelo Mathews’ men won by 148 runs in Hobart. Sri Lanka rode on two clinical centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan to clinch that contest.
“To secure two opportunities to play Sri Lanka is so valuable for our team,” Grant Bradburn, the Scotland head coach, was quoted as saying by the website. “Our national team are desperate to play as much quality cricket as possible to keep advancing and growing skills and depth across our whole Scotland performance squads.
— Cricket Scotland (@CricketScotland) February 16, 2017
“Despite these games not being official One-Day Internationals, we will treat them as if they are. Any chance 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.
“Wherever we play in the world, there are Scots who love cricket and we look forward to welcoming them to Beckenham for what we are sure will be two great occasions.”
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will use the two games as warm-up for their group stage fixtures in the Champions Trophy, which pit them against South Africa, India and Pakistan in Group B. The tournament is scheduled to be held from June 1 to 18.