The second Test match between Sri Lanka and England has been shifted to SSC Grounds from the initially planned venue, R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. However, the dates for the second Test match – 27th to 31st March remain the same.
The change of venue was done by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) due to the current renovation program at Khettarama which was recommended by the University of Moratuwa. An independent integrity assessment reported to SLC that all four main stands – Block A, B, C and D need serious renovation.
As part of the ICC World Test Championship, the England team led by Joe Root, will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 3rd of March. They will initially play a three-day full squad participation warm-up match and a four-day First-Class match in Katunayake and Colombo respectively before travelling to Galle for the first Test match which starts on the 19th of March.
England currently sit in the fifth position in ICC rankings followed by Sri Lanka in sixth position. In 2018, England whitewashed Sri Lanka, 3-0 in Sri Lanka.
The New Tour Schedule
|07th to 09th March, 2020||England vs SLC Board President’s XI||03 Day Practice Game||CMCG, Katunayake|
|12th to 15th March, 2020||England vs SLC Board President’s XI||04 Day Practice Game||P. Sara Oval, Colombo|
|19th to 23rd March, 2020||Sri Lanka vs England||01st Test Match||Galle International Cricket Stadium|
|27th to 31st March, 2020||Sri Lanka vs England||02nd Test Match||SSC, Colombo|