Amid reports of Pakistan’s Tour of Sri Lanka being scrapped, PCB has said that the Pakistan national cricket team is willing to continue their tour of Sri Lanka. Pakistan will travel to Sri Lanka for a couple of Test matches and three ODIs in July-August later this year.
A PCB official came out with a statement of the team’s willingness to keep the tour on amid Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. The country is going through a political and economic turmoil that has prevented growth in the country. The turmoil has also led to daily protests against the current government.
“We are always ready to support Sri Lanka Cricket even in difficult times and we have no issues touring the country for the test series,” a PCB official said.
“We have a very strong relationship with the Sri Lankan Board, the two countries have always supported each other in difficult situations. Whatever decision the SLC deems best we will accept it playing in Sri Lanka or even at a neutral venue,” the official further said.
Cricket Australia which is slated for a tour to the country before Pakistan stated that it is monitoring the situation closely and will decide on the continuation of the tour in due course.
The Test series will be a part of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle. The last time the sides met in a Test series was in 2019. Pakistan won the series 1-0 as Sri Lanka became the first team to tour the country since the 2009 attack in the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.
Ahead of Pakistan, Sri Lanka will host Australia for three T20Is, five ODIs, and a couple of Tests. Meanwhile, the locals of the country are in dire straits with only 12 hours of electricity being provided to the locals who are facing severe fuel shortage.