Test Cricket Tours - Sri Lanka to Zimbabwe 2003-04
Zimbabwe 2003-04Captain: Marvan Atapattu
official Test-playing tour of Zimbabwe
by Sri Lanka
Marvan Attapattu succeeded
Hashan Tillekeratne as captain for this one-sided mismatch of a series that
soon led to Zimbabwe
withdrawing from Test cricket.
Already hopelessly weakened
by the gradual loss of most of its leading players in the previous three
years, the Zimbabwe Board now sacked 15 white players before the series began.
It was inevitable that Sri Lanka would
win both Tests and all five one-day internationals.The margin of victory in each Test match
was greater than an innings and 200 runs
Muralitharan had undergone testing at the University of Western
Australia biomechanics lab and was approved to
bowl again. He overhauled Courtney Walsh's record of Test 519 wickets during
the series and was feted on return to Colombo.
The Sri Lankans suffered from poor facilities and felt
the Zimbabwe Board were giving more attention to dealing with their players'
revolt than organising their tour facilities well.
Sri Lanka Cricket secured the services of Australian John Dyson
from September 2003 as national team coach
Lalith Kaluperuma (Chairman), Aravinda de Silva, Jayantha Paranathala and Roger
Nissanka (hamstring).At first Nuwan
Zoysa (injured leg muscle) and Dilhara Fernando (stress fractures in back)
looked unlikely to be fit to tour.
On 30 March the selectors named a pool of 22 to begin training on
4 April :
Atapattu, ST Jayasuriya, KC Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, TM Dilshan, TT
Samaraweera, RP Arnold, U Chandana, CU Vaas, DNT Zoysa, CRD Fernando, M
Muralitharan,S Jayantha, N
Kulasekera, R Herath, T Kandamby, F Maharoof, P Jayawardene, I Daniel, DA
Gunawardene, C Gamage, K Lokuarachchi.
On 1 April 2004 Marvan Atapattu
was named as captain. On 7 April a 16-man squad for the five one-day matches
Test party announced : 25 April 2004.
The squad for the Test series was announced after a three-day
practice game, adding Samaraweera,Daniel andJayawardene to the squad. On 29 April, the names of three players who
would return home after the ODI series were announced.
Not selected:Skipper Hashan Tillekeratne;
spin bowler Kaushal Lokuarachchi
Tillakaratne indicated that
he wanted to continue playing Test cricket.
Time between selection of one-day squad and departure from Sri Lanka
(7 April to 16 April)
The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Deputy Minister
visited Sri Lanka Cricket HQ to wish the team well prior to their departure
on the afternoon of 16 April 2004.
On Saturday 17 April the Sri Lankan team arrived in Bulawayo.
The 3 additional Test players (Thilan Samaraweera, Ian Daniel,
and Prasanna Jayawardene)left Sri Lanka
on Monday 26 April and arrived in Harare
early on Tuesday 27 April.
Time spent in Zimbabwe
(17 April - 20 May)
On-tour selection panel
Lalith Kaluperuma (Chairman
of selectors and selector-on-tour), Marvan Atapattu, John Dyson
Zimbabwe 1st ODI
Zimbabwe 2nd ODI
Zimbabwe 3rd ODI
Zimbabwe 4th ODI
Zimbabwe 5th ODI
Zimbabwe A(3 day)
WON inns 140 r
WON inns 254 r
† not first-class
Time spent in Zimbabwe
before First Test:
(17 April - 6 May)
TSC Played at Takashinga Sports Club,
Russel Arnold, Saman Jayantha and Nuwan Kulasekara returned to Sri Lanka at
the end of the five-match one-day series.
After ten hours of flying from Zimbabwe
on an Emirates Airlines jumbo, the Test party touched down at Bandaranaike International Airport
at 4 pm on 20 May.They were welcomed
by Government officials at the Airport and in honour of Muralitharan's
achievement were given a motorcade to Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters. It took
more than four hours for the procession to reach Maitland Place.