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The top four Asian Associates – Nepal, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates – will tour Sri Lanka next month after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) approved a request from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) development manager Bandula Warnapura.
It has been announced that Nepal and Hong Kong will be the first two teams to tour Sri Lanka.
“It’s a very beneficial offer by Sri Lanka,” Warnapura said. “Not only can our teams play high-level cricket, they will be exposed to facilities and a cricket culture that will help to develop their abilities in preparation for global events.”
The tour will consist of four three-day matches against SLC representative sides, a one-day match and three Twenty20 matches between Nepal and Hong Kong.
It is understood that Nepal will arrive in Sri Lanka on November 7, while Hong Kong will reach on November 17.
Nepal head coach Pubudu Dassanayake stated that his side are “grateful for the opportunity and [are] looking forward to play the first ever T20I series as well as the three-day games”.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s director of cricket, Charlie Burke, said that his side are “delighted to accept the offer”.
There has been no word as of yet on when Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates will land in Sri Lanka.