After the ongoing Cricket World Cup, New Zealand national cricket team will tour Sri Lanka to begin their journey in the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship. In that tour, New Zealand will play a two-match bilateral Test series and three-match bilateral T20I series against the host side Sri Lanka.
On last Friday (5th July), the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed that New Zealand will play the international series against the hosts Sri Lanka from 14th August to 6th September. It is likely to be the first international cricket assignment in Sri Lanka since the Easter bombings last April. Though Bangladesh have a plan to tour in Sri Lanka in late this month for the bilateral ODI series, it is currently doubtful due to the security reason.
New Zealand will begin their Sri Lanka tour with the two-match Test series. The Galle International Stadium (Galle) will organise the first Test of the series from 14th August. Colombo’s P. Sara Oval will host the final Test of the series from 22nd August. Both teams will begin their journey in the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship through this Test series.
Later, New Zealand will play the three-match T20 series on 31st August, 2nd September and 6th September respectively. R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (Colombo) will organise the first two T20Is, and the third T20I will be held at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Kandy).
Last time the Blackcaps played a Test match in Sri Lanka in 2012
Since 2012, it will be the first Test series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Sri Lanka. After winning their first Test series in 1984, New Zealand have never won another Test series in Sri Lanka. The Blackcaps have played 15 Tests against the home team Sri Lanka where they have won four Tests, lost six Tests and drawn five Tests. New Zealand’s last Test series in Sri Lanka (2012) had the draw result after both teams won one match in that series.
On the other hand, it will be the second time when Sri Lanka and New Zealand will play a bilateral T20I series in Sri Lanka consisting of more than one match. In 2009, they played a two-match bilateral T20I series, and New Zealand won that series by the 2-0 margin.
The full schedule New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka in 2019
(Two-match Test series)
14th-18th August 2019: 1st Test – Galle International Stadium (Galle)
22nd-26th August 2019: 2nd Test – P. Sara Oval (Colombo)
(Three-match T20I series)
31st August 2019: 1st T20I – R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (Colombo)
2nd September 2019: 2nd T20I – R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (Colombo)
6th September 2019: 3rd T20I – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Kandy)