Lahore, May 9: The Pakistani cricket team will only play a two-match test series against Sri Lanka during their tour of the island nation as the three-match one-day international series has reportedly been scrapped.
The Pakistani cricket team is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July and August this year, with the series being part of the 2021/2023 ICC World Test Championship. Final tour dates have yet to be finalized.
The three-match ODI series was not part of the ICC World Cup Super League.
A report in Cricket Pakistan said that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to remove the ODIs as they planned to host the Lanka Premier League (LPL) “one week before the scheduled time” .
The report quoting PCB media director Sami-ul-Hasan Burney as saying that “the Sri Lankan board wants to start their league a week ago to reduce the financial shortfall, so they asked us to drop the ODI series, which which was accepted. Since the ODIs were not part of the World Cup Super League, we did not object. The final schedule for the series is still being discussed and will be announced soon.” The report added that Australia’s month-long tour of Sri Lanka in June-July could well decide the future of international cricket in the island nation. Australia is scheduled to kick off the tour with the first of three T20Is in Colombo on June 7, which will be followed by a five-match ODI series and finally the two Tests in Galle.
He said if Cricket Australia (CA) says ‘no’ to the series, given the economic and political turmoil in the island country, the Asian Cup host in August/September in Sri Lanka will also be ‘in jeopardy’.
The report said only 12 hours of electricity was being provided to households in the country, adding that due to power cuts, hosting day and night matches could become a problem as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) could face a shortage. fuel to run the stadium generators