England shift Sri Lanka Test series to accomodate Indian Premier League

England's cricket board has shifted the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka from May to June, giving the likes of Kevin Pietersen a chance to enjoy longer stints in the IPL

updated: September 03, 2013 17:05 IST
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London: The England and Wales Cricket Board's decision to scrap the May Tests which have been a part of their home fixture list since 2000 by shifting next year's two-match series against Sri Lanka to June could have wider implications for the world game.

By playing the Tests later in the season, with the T20 match and five-one-dayers beforehand, the ECB has given the likes of England's Kevin Pietersen a chance to enjoy longer stints in the lucrative Twenty20 Indian Premier League.

The scheduling move should also avoid the problem many touring sides have experienced in recent years of either being denied their best players for the May Tests because of IPL commitments or their stars only arriving shortly before the start of a series.

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