Pakistan will tour Sri Lanka for a series of two tests.© AFP
The Pakistan Cricket Board has assured its Sri Lankan counterparts that it did not hesitate to tour the country for a series of two tests in late July-August, despite the ongoing unrest in the island. “We are always ready to support Sri Lanka Cricket, even in difficult times, and we have no problems traveling across the country for the test series,” said a PCB official. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is facing difficulties due to the current precarious political and economic situation in the country with daily violent protests in the streets against the government.
Cricket Australia, which will send its team to Sri Lanka before Pakistan has said it is monitoring the situation and will make a final decision based on that.
But the PCB official said it was the call from the Sri Lankan cricket board and Pakistan would just follow their path.
Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis with only 12 hours of electricity for the local population facing a serious fuel shortage.
“We have a very strong relationship with the Sri Lankan administration, the two countries have always supported each other in difficult situations,” the official said.
He added that Pakistan would not refuse to play the series in July and August.
“Whatever decision the SLC deems best, we will accept playing in Sri Lanka or even in a neutral venue,” he said.
Pakistan was also set to play three ODIs on the tour, but the SLC requested the PCB to drop the white ball matches as they wanted to start their Lanka Premier League with a week earlier.
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