Pakistan will continue the series of two tests in Sri Lanka despite the island nation’s declaration of a state of emergency.
Already in Sri Lanka, Pakistan ended a three-day match in Colombo against Sri Lanka Cricket XI amid massive protests in the country due to the escalating economic crisis.
“The series will continue as planned,” a PCB spokesperson told Dawn on Wednesday, with the first test game to be played in Galle from Saturday.
“The team will fly to Galle on Thursday and are very pleased with the Sri Lanka Cricket arrangement.
” We are in contact with the SLC and the Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka regarding the situation.
Sri Lanka wrapped up an all-format series with Australia last week, featuring Twenty20 international, an international day and quiz.
Following the flight of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa amid protests, the island nation declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. Rajapaksa left the country on a military plane with his wife and two bodyguards and landed in the Maldives.
To further complicate matters, thousands also stormed into Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s residence on Wednesday. This forced the military to intervene and call on the people to exercise restraint. With a curfew across Colombo, Sri Lanka is in a state of chaos and despair.
Sri Lanka’s national television channel, Rupavahini, briefly suspended broadcasting after protesters entered the television station. Broadcasting continued after that.
Reports on Wednesday show that the Asian Cricket Council has also placed Bangladesh as the host of the Asian Cup, which Sri Lanka will host next month.
SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said on Wednesday that the failure to host the Asian Cup would result in a loss of US$5-6 million in revenue.