Sri Lanka women’s team won’t be touring Pakistan following a change in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management.
Earlier this week, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) were pretty much confident about the tour happening with three ODI matches along with a practice match but unfortunately, it won’t take place.
PCB found it difficult to arrange matches for Sri Lanka women’s team on short notice
It could have been the first international match for Sri Lanka women’s team since they played in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
As per ESPNcricinfo, sources within the PCB have said that they are finding it tough to arrange the games on short notice given the administrative changes within the board. Some of the Pakistan players are also unavailable for the series against Sri Lanka.
We’re hopeful of doing it before the World Cup: Sri Lanka Cricket CEO
Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva said that they are hoping to have the tour just before the 2022 ODI World Cup that is scheduled in March-April next year.
“These were ongoing discussions, but with the change in management, it seems that they’re finding it difficult to find a window for us. We’re hopeful of doing it before the World Cup. If everything goes well, we will see if we can fit in before then,” de Silva was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s women teams will next play in the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe, the tournament starts on November 21.
Last month, New Zealand (men’s team) and England (both men and women’s teams) cancelled the Pakistan tour as the Black Caps cited security concerns while England mentioned the mental and physical well being of their players.
PCB’s newly appointed chairman Ramiz Raja was totally disappointed with this setback and he felt as if Pakistan was used by both the teams.