Sri Lanka will take on Scotland in two 50-over games ahead of the Champions Trophy in England, Cricket Scotland announced on Thursday (February 16). The two teams will meet on May 21 and May 23 at the County Ground in Beckenham.
This will the first meeting between the two sides since the World Cup in 2015, where centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan handed Scotland a 148-run loss.
Grant Bradburn, the head coach of Scotland, was understandably pleased with the prospect of playing a top international side, given that such chances have been scarce. “To secure two opportunities to play Sri Lanka is so valuable for our Scotland team,” he said. “Our national team is desperate to play as much quality of cricket as possible to keep advancing and the growing skills and depth across our whole Scotland performance squads.
“Despite these games not being official One-Day Internationals, we will treat them as if they are. Any chance to play a Full Member team is brilliant for our development and we look forward to fielding a side that resembles our strongest possible line up.”
The two teams have met two times so far with Sri Lanka winning both encounters by handsome margins. Apart from the World Cup encounter, they’ve faced each other in Edinburgh in 2011 where the visitors cantered to a 183-run win.