Sir Garfield to be honored in Sri Lanka

West Indies’ cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers speaks during the opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Trelawny Stadium, Jamaica, Sunday, March 11, 2007.
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West Indies cricket icon Sir Garfield Sobers will be honored during the upcoming Test Series between West Indies and Sri Lanka.

The two-match series will be played in Sri Lanka for the Sobers / Tissera trophy as tribute to the former West Indies all-rounder and captain and Michael Tissera, the former Sri Lanka captain.

The announcement was made by Sri Lanka Cricket at the official pre-series launch last week in Colombo.

The two teams will play Test matches at the Galle International Stadium (Oct. 14-18) in the coastal town of Galle; and the P Sara Oval (Oct. 22-26) in the capital, Colombo.

Sir Gary, 79, is rated as the greatest all-rounder of all time.

The left-handed Barbadian played 93 Test matches for West Indies between 1954 and 1974. He scored 8,032 runs with 26 centuries and took 235 wickets. He also held 209 catches.

Tissera, 75, is a highly respected former Sri Lanka captain and team manager. He represented the country in the pre-Test era and played in the first Cricket World Cup in 1975.

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