AUS vs SL: Cricket Australia (CA) is keeping an eye on the rapidly rising instability in Sri Lanka, but is satisfied that the country’s tour next month will go ahead as planned.
Following months of protests after the country was thrown into its worst economic crisis in decades, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday night. His resignation came after government supporters attacked protestors, prompting a nationwide curfew and the deployment of armed troops in Colombo.
Between June 7 and July 12, Australia’s men will arrive in Colombo for the commencement of their tour, which will comprise three T20Is, five ODIs, and two Tests. They will spend 16 of those days in Colombo, the epicenter of the present unrest.
CA officials will now start to monitor the situation more closely following Monday night’s violence but are still confident the tour will proceed.
It comes after Australia decided to finish their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years in March and April, despite a suicide bomber killing more than 30 people within a two-hour drive from the first Test venue.
There is also a thought that Australia touring Sri Lanka, where there have been significant food shortages and power cuts, could assist economically.
The Australian team will embark on a busy 18-month tour of Sri Lanka. Australia will play three Twenty20 matches in India before the home World Cup, as well as host the West Indies in a series in Australia.
After the home series, Australia will travel to India for Test matches and an away Ashes series next year, followed by a 50-over World Cup in India in 2023. After the three-Test series was postponed last year due to COVID-19, a make-up tour of South Africa looms between the Ashes and the ODI World Cup.
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