Cricket Opinion

Sri Lanka have the rare opportunity to make their mark in West Indies

The test series between WI and SL began on Wednesday. This becomes only the fourth series between the two teams and the first with more than two matches. Unfortunately Broadcasters have acquired immense power because they are the major source of cricket’s overall revenue. They don’t think that telecasting a fixture between these two teams would be commercially sustainable given the low viewership and time difference.

This fixture had often been called off and postponed (and then never took) several times. You can stay tuned into this series and all the latest news surrounding cricket at BigCricket.

The teams are equally matched and have great potential. Despite WI’s home advantage they are underdogs amongst the bookmakers. That’s why it is very good opportunity to place bets if you want to win some serious cash. If you’re interested in banking upon this opportunity, you could use some reliable betting tips to maximize your returns.

The Context

It won’t be an overstatement to say that this could be the last time a test series is being played between these two teams on Caribbean soil. The fixtures have been few and far between. The last time these two played was in 2008 when Chaminda Vaas, the left-arm swing ace was still playing. SL, led by Mahela Jaywardene, marked their visit with their first victory in the West Indies.

Team News

The SL squad’s preparations received a massive blow due to unfortunate setbacks involving important players. The team will miss opening batsman Dimuth karunarante and pacers Nuwan Pradeep and Dushmantha Chameera through injury.

SL arrived with only Devendra Bishoo as the specialist spinner. Their squad includes two fresh faces. A WK-Batsmen Jahmar Hamilton, and opener Devon Smith both of whom may not get into the starting line-up. Rising batting sensation Dhanajaya de Silva did not travel with the squad due to his father being murdered towards the end of last month. Even though he has reached WI following his father’s funeral it might be too late for the first match.

Team Form

SL will be looking to extend their form in the previous seven matches where they have lost just once. Their last defeat in those matches was to the first-placed India. They registered a remarkable 2-0 victory over Pakistan in the UAE and also defeated Bangladesh at home by the same margin.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal will have to be at his best if SL are to prevail against the Indies. Over the course of his captaincy he has transformed his game to suit other talented players in the SL team. He sort of holds the fort by staying on the pitch for long durations, tries to exhaust opposition bowlers so that other batsmen could take advantage.

As far as WI cricket team is concerned the selectors have failed to give stability to this team as players continue to be taken in and out of the squad. They have ignored several promising stars playing in T20 leagues around the world. Their decisions have received fierce criticisms in the region.