West Indies will reach Sri Lanka on October 1 for a 43-day tour © Getty Images
West Indies will reach Sri Lanka on October 1 for a 43-day tour © Getty Images

West Indies’s tour of Sri Lanka will begin in next month with the squad arriving in Colombo on October 1. A three-day tour match is scheduled before both teams play two Tests, three One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals. While the first Test is from October 8-10, the second commences on October 22. The three ODIs that are going to be day and night matches will happen in November. The Caribbeans will depart from Sri Lanka on November 13, after a 43-day tour. The visitors have a huge change in their team with Jason Holder replacing Denesh Ramdin as their Test captain. READ: Clive Lloyd lauds Jason Holder following latter’s appointment as Test skipper

“We expect to get new thinking and new dynamism from him. Jason commands respect. He is a fine young man, very intelligent and he seems to get the best from the players because he is a straightforward guy. I think the players will warm to him. He has a young bunch of players and we feel he can guide them in the manner that is required for internationals,” Clive Lloyd, the head of the the selection committee said. Jason Holder replaces Denesh Ramdin as Test skipper ahead of Sri Lanka tour

According to a media release from the Sri Lankan board, the two Tests will take place in Galle and P Sara respectively. The venues for the ODIs are R Premadasa Stadium (RPICS) and Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (PKICS). READ: Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, other cricketers wish Happy Teacher’s Day

The last series played by West Indies was in June when they had hosted the Australians for a two Tests series, that was lost 0-2 by the home side. Meanwhile, the Lankans are still fresh from the home 1-2 loss to India in the three Test series last week. The retirement of Kumar Sangakkara has pushed the former into a transition phase and it will be interesting to watch how quick the cricketers will take to take the side out of it. West Indies coach, selectors to meet to discuss Professional Cricket League (PCL) matters