Host West Indies and Sri Lanka will face off in the three-match Test series, starting from 3rd March in Antigua.
For West Indies, this will be their first home series since Covid-19 brought cricketing events to a halt. The home side will be looking to start their home season on a winning note.
Therefore, West Indies will be looking to deliver their best cricket in this series. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be looking to turn things around in the series against West Indies.
Due to covid-19 restrictions, all three matches of the T20I series will be played at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The home team will be coming in this T20I series as favorites as they will see the return of premier players like Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard and Fidel Edwards for the T20I series.
After producing series of mesmerizing performances in Bangladesh, team management will be hoping to that the side can show excellent form in the shortest format of the game.
The batting department is likely to be bolstered by the arrival Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis, who have named in the T20I squad for the three-match series.
In the batting department, the home team will be relying heavily on the likes of in-form Chris Gayle, middle-order batting trio of Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran to score bulk of the runs.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Jason Holder, Obed McCoy and Fidel Edwards to make crucial breakthroughs. Fabian Allen, Akeal Hossain and uncapped off-spinner Kevin Sinclair are spinners named in the T20I squad for the three-match series.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be coming into this series after suffering a humiliating whitewash against England in a two-match Test series played in Sri Lanka.
With only four victories in their last 17 T20I matches, Sri Lanka will have to raise their game with bat and ball to turn things around in this three-match series.
The team has picked their full-strength squad as Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Matthews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera and Suranga Lakmal have been named for West Indies tour.
Uncapped players like Pathum Nissanka, Ashen Bandara, Dilshan Madushanka and Ramesh Mendis has also been named in the ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming tour of Caribbean.
In the batting department, the visitors will be depending heavily on the likes of opener Danushka Gunathilaka, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal and all-rounder Angelo Matthews to score bulk of the runs.
On the bowling front, the visitors will be heavily relying on the likes of Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep and Wanindu Hasaranga to provide crucial breakthroughs. Akila Dhananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Thisara Perera will be the other premier bowling options for the ODI and T20I series against West Indies.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2021 Schedule
1st T20I– West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021, at 10:00 PM GMT
2nd T20I – West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Friday, 5th March, 2021, at 10:00 PM GMT
3rd T20I – West Indies vs India
Sunday, 7th March, 2021, at 10:00 PM GMT
1st ODI –West Indies vs India
Wednesday, 10th March, 2021, at 01:30 PM GMT
2nd ODI –West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Friday, 12th March, 2021, at 01:30PM GMT
3rd ODI– West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Sunday, 14th March, 2021, at 05:30 PM GMT
1st Test- West Indies vs India
Sunday, 21st March , 2021, at 02:00 PM GMT
2nd Test- West Indies vs India
Monday, 29th March, 2021, at 02:00 PM GMT