The Sri Lankan cricket team
toured New Zealand
matches during the 2005–06
season. Sri Lanka were scheduled to play five one-day international games
and three Test matches
in the 2004–05
season, beginning their tour on December 26, 2004, but due to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
which hit the island of Sri Lanka
hard, the Sri Lankan team
travelled home after the first of the One Day Internationals. The Test matches were rescheduled to April, and the remaining four ODIs were played between 31 December 2005 and 8 January 2006.
First ODI, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 26 December
won the first match of the series by seven wickets and with 17 overs to spare. After this match however, due to the difference between New Zealand and Sri Lankan time zone the tsunami hit South East Asian countries, including Sri Lanka; spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan
missed being hit by the tsunami by twenty minutes . Concerns for relatives led the Sri Lankan team to head home . The Test match series was postponed until April.
In place of the Sri Lankan fixtures in the 2004-05 season New Zealand played a composite team, the FICA World XI led by Shane Warne.
The Sri Lankan and New Zealand Cricket boards rescheduled the one day matches for the 2005–06 season.
Sri Lanka were coming off a 1–6 series defeat on tour of India in November
, while New Zealand lost 0–4 in their most recent ODI series
, in South Africa in October. Both teams... Read More