May 04

Sri Lanka tour of England, 2016

The Sri Lanka cricket tour of England 2016 will soon be upon us, with the date of the first match set for mid-May. The two teams will face each other many more times during the summer, overlapping for a short while with the time that visiting Pakistan will be playing England. The Sri Lanka national team will be in England from the 19th of May until the 5th of July 2016. The tour includes three test matches and three ODIs as well as two three-day games against Essex and Leicester. The Sri Lanka side will also play two ODI matches against Ireland ahead of the games against England. The tour will finish with an international Twenty20 game.

The dates for the 2016 Sri Lanka tour of England tour are as follows:

4th May, Sri Lanka team arrive in UK and unpack cricket bags

8th-10th May, three-day vs Essex

13th-15th May, three-day vs Leicestershire

19th-23rd May, first Test match in Headingley

27th-31st May, second Test match in Durham

9th-13th June, third Test at Lord’s

16th June, first ODI vs Ireland (venue not yet confirmed)

18th June, second ODI vs Ireland (venue not yet confirmed)

21st June, first ODI in Trent Bridge

24th June, second ODI in Edgbaston

26th June, third ODI in Bristol

29th June, fourth ODI at The Oval

2nd July, fifth ODI in Cardiff

5th July, T20 international in Southampton

6th July, Sri Lanka team pack up their cricket bags and depart

English cricket fans are awaiting both the Sri Lanka tour and the Pakistan tour eagerly – both of are likely to see some very closely contested matches. When England faced Sri Lanka in 2015 in the ICC World Cup, Sri Lanka were victorious. This followed defeats against Sri Lanka in both ODI and test matches in 2014. The Sri Lanka national team are ranked number one in the world for T20. Tickets are expected to sell out, with plenty of support for both sides.

After the Sri Lankan team depart, the Pakistan tour will continue until September the 7th, promising a most exciting summer of cricket for English fans.

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