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ECB hit back at tour schedule criticism

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have hit back at criticism of their decision to tour Sri Lanka during its monsoon season.

All three ODIs have been affected by poor weather so far, with the first abandoned altogether and the second won by England via the DLS method. The third ODI was scheduled to start at 10am (BST) this morning (Friday, October 17) but the start was delayed due to adverse weather.

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The ECB have responded to those criticising the timing of the series through a series of tweets. “The Future Tours Programme is congested involving 13 Boards whose schedules all interconnect,” it read. “So there are unfortunately a number of tours that have to take place outside prime match-staging periods.”

“After hosting England, Sri Lanka spend the rest of the 18-19 season touring New Zealand, Australia & South Africa. They play their first match in New Zealand on Dec 8, which left very little wriggle room given our final Test in Sri Lanka finishes on Nov 29.”

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