Will Sri Lanka's political unrest disrupt international cricket?
- The Australian team is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in June this year
- Cricket Australia said there are no changed in schedule
- It is unclear if Sri Lanka will play the Asia Cup this year
Sri Lanka's political system has been plagued by violent breakouts, protests and disruption of governmental processes. But so far it seems the South Asian country's spirit to play cricket is unbroken.
So far no major alterations have been made to the Sri Lankan cricket team's schedule. The Australian cricket team is due to travel to Sri Lanka to play an all-format series. Authorities announced that the series will go as planned.
The two teams will be playing five ODI games, two test matches and three 20-over games in Sri Lanka through June and July this year. An Australia A tour of Sri Lanka is planned at the same time.
With roughly three weeks to go before the Australian departs for Sri Lanka, Cricket Australia said that "there are no changes to the schedule." The body also announced that both players and support staff have been briefed about the situation.
A Cricket Australia spokesman said the sporting body, the federal government and Sri Lankan cricket officials were “keeping a close eye” on developments in the country, according to Associated Press.
Earlier this week, the Australian government advised citizens to reconsider their travel plans to Sri Lanka. Authorities cited the growing unrest in the South Asian country as Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned.
The Asia Cup, a five-nation tournament, is also scheduled to start in August this year. It is unclear if Sri Lanka will be participating.
On Wednesday, Sri Lanka’s president promised to appoint a new prime minister, empower the Parliament and abolish the all-powerful executive presidential system as reforms aimed at stabilising a country engulfed in a political and economic crisis, according to Associated Press.
In a televised address, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he condemned attacks on peaceful protesters by mobs who came to support his brother and former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned Monday.