Sri Lanka’s tour of Ireland could limit players’ time in IPL

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“This is a strong start to the year and, win or lose, another chance to demonstrate that we belong at this level”

Sri Lanka’s tour of Ireland, which is scheduled to consist of two ODIs, could limit the amount of time their players have in the Indian Premier League (IPL), especially since the national team will be heading to England straight after for a series that will include two Tests, five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International.

However, it remains to be seen whether Sri Lanka will make their players put international duty first or allow them to play in the IPL.

Whatever the case, Ireland coach Phil Simmons announced that he was pleased his side would be able to play one of the most entertaining teams in the world.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our squad to face players of the calibre of Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Matthews, Tillakaratne Dilshan and of course Lasith Malinga,” Simmons said. “They’re going to be tough opposition but Irish conditions in May will be to our advantage.

“Ireland need as many matches as possible against Full Member sides: it’s how we measure ourselves now in terms of our cricketing progress. We’ll be gearing our preparation towards the 2015 World Cup, and this series is ideal.

“Last year couldn’t have gone much better in terms of the fact that we won three trophies and continued our domination against our fellow Associates. We did, however, miss opportunities to claim victories against both Pakistan and England when in strong positions.

“We’ll be looking to take our cricket to the next level in 2014 by winning from these types of situations, pressing home our advantage when we’re on top.”

Cricket Ireland’s chief executive Warren Deutrom added that this series would give the national team a “chance to demonstrate that we belong at this level”.

“We are most grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving us this opportunity,” he said. “It is clear to all in the game that our performances against the Full Members are becoming increasingly competitive in all formats, and this is another opportunity for us to convert strong match positions into ranking points.

“Along with our series in the Caribbean and the World T20 this is a strong start to the year and, win or lose, another chance to demonstrate that we belong at this level.”

One thought on “Sri Lanka’s tour of Ireland could limit players’ time in IPL

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