England confirm 2006 Sri Lanka and Pakistan matches

Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced they would host Test and One-day series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan next year.

In a change to the present Triangular One-day format and additional three-game Challenge, England will play two separate five match limited overs series against both Asian nations.

This season saw England play their first Twenty20 match, a 100-run win against Australia at the Rose Bowl earlier this month.

Next year both the Rose Bowl and Trent Bridge will stage a Twenty20 match each.

England will play three Tests against Sri Lanka early in the season before facing Pakistan in a four-match series.

Although Thursday is the traditional start day for Test matches in England two of next year's games, one each against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will begin on a Friday.

The ECB said this was to ensure players had a minimum three-day break between games, in accordance with International Cricket Council regulations.

Next season will be the start of a particularly congested fixture schedule for England.

After their home series they go to India for the Champions Trophy and then on to Australia for an Ashes campaign before heading out to the Caribbean for the 2007 World Cup.

2006 International Cricket Fixtures in England

England v Sri Lanka

May 11-15: 1st Test, Lord's

May 25-29: 2nd Test, Edgbaston

Jun 02-06: 3rd Test, Trent Bridge


Jun 15: Rose Bowl

One-Day Internationals

Jun 17: 1st ODI, Lord's

Jun 20: 2nd ODI, The Oval

Jun 24: 3rd ODI, Chester-le-Street

Jun 28: 4th ODI, Old Trafford

Jul 01: 5th ODI, Headingley

England v Pakistan

Jul 13-17: 1st Test, Lord's

Jul 27-31: 2nd Test, Old Trafford

Aug 04-08: 3rd Test, Headingley

Aug 17-21: 4th Test, The Oval


Aug 28: Bristol

One-Day Internationals

Aug 30: 1st ODI, Cardiff (Floodlit)

Sep 02: 2nd ODI, Lord's

Sep 05: 3rd ODI, Rose Bowl (Floodlit)

Sep 08: 4th ODI, Trent Bridge

Sep 10: 5th ODI, Edgbaston

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