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Ian Bell

Ian Bell will captain the England A squad on tour

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that following discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, Sri Lanka will host the A tour programmed for March 2005.

The ECB has announced a 14-player England A squad to tour the UAE and Sri Lanka, with Ian Bell named as captain.

England A will play two four-day matches against Sri Lanka A, before competing in a one-day triangular tournament with their hosts and Pakistan A. All matches in Sri Lanka remain scheduled for Colombo.

Prior to arriving in Sri Lanka, England A will play four day-night matches against UAE at the International Stadium, Sharjah.

England A will arrive in Dubai on Wednesday February 24 and leave Colombo on Wednesday March 30.

England A squad to tour the UAE and Sri Lanka:

  • Ian Bell (Warwickshire, capt)
  • Rikki Clarke (Surrey)
  • Richard Dawson (Yorkshire)
  • Paul Franks (Nottinghamshire)
  • Alex Gidman (Gloucestershire)
  • David Harrison (Glamorgan)
  • Jon Lewis (Gloucestershire)
  • Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire)
  • Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
  • Michael Powell (Glamorgan)
  • Matthew Prior (Sussex)
  • Owais Shah (Middlesex)
  • Vikram Solanki (Worcestershire)
  • Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

Rod Marsh (Coach)
Nigel Laughton (Manager)
Stuart Osborne (Physiotherapist)

The tour itinerary: UAE

Sat 26th February: One-Day v UAE (D/N), Main Stadium, Sharjah
Sun 27th February: One-Day v UAE (D/N), Main Stadium, Sharjah
Wed 2nd March: One-Day v UAE (D/N), Main Stadium, Sharjah
Friday 4th March: One-Day v UAE (D/N), Main Stadium, Sharjah

The tour itinerary: Sri Lanka

Mon 7th – Thurs 10th March: 4-day Match v Sri Lanka A, Colombo
Sun 13th – Wed 16th March: 4-day Match v Sri Lanka A, Colombo

Triangular Tournament:
Friday 18th March: England A warm-up match, Colombo
Sun 20th March: Sri Lanka A v Pakistan A, Colombo
Mon 21st March: England A v Sri Lanka A, Colombo
Wed 23rd March: England A v Pakistan A, Colombo
Thurs 24th March: Sri Lanka A v Pakistan A, Colombo
Sat 26th March: England A v Sri Lanka A, Colombo
Sun 27th March: England A v Pakistan A, Colombo
Tues 29th March: Final, Colombo