Pak-Sri Lanka series, ODI matches were sacrificed -

Pak-Sri Lanka series, ODI matches were sacrificed

Sri Lanka is currently in the grip of a severe economic and political crisis which has increased the unrest among the people there, there are daily protests against the government, there is a severe shortage of electricity in the country, and only 12 hours of supply to the people.

In such a situation, holding international matches there also looks suspicious.

The tour of the Australian cricket team is scheduled for next month but it is also clouded with doubts.

A decision in this regard may come out this week. Pakistan cricket team will go to Sri Lanka in July to play 3 ODIs and 2 Tests there. But according to sources, now there will be only test matches.

The host board has also taken Pakistan into confidence in this regard.

In this regard, on contacting the correspondent of Express, Director Media PCB Samiul Hassan Burney confirmed that ODI matches will no longer be played, the series only. Contains only 2 tests.

“The Sri Lankan board wants to start a week ahead of its Sri Lankan Premier League schedule to reduce the financial deficit.

Since the ODIs were not part of the ICC World Cup Super League, we did not object,” he said.

He said that the final schedule of the series is being discussed and it will be released soon.

On the other hand, according to the sources, the tour of the Pakistan team is still far away so nothing can be done definitively.

However, the future of international cricket in Sri Lanka depends on the tour of the Australian cricket team.

If the Kangaroos do not come next month, the hosting of the Asia Cup will also be in jeopardy.

The Australian board had recently said it was reviewing the situation and would make a final decision soon.

Due to power shortages in the country, day-night matches are not certain, but Sri Lanka Cricket is using its own generators.

But lack of fuel can be a hindrance.

The Asian Cricket Council and the Indian board have already expressed concern over the situation in Sri Lanka.

At the end of the IPL, it will be decided whether the event will be held in Sri Lanka or some other country.

The United Arab Emirates has already been selected as Plan B and last year’s ICC T20 World Cup was also held there.

It was a successful event. If Sri Lanka could not host the Asia Cup, it would suffer a huge financial loss.