Sri Lanka is facing the biggest economic crisis since its independence. Demonstrations are taking place across the country in protest of the government’s failure to address the crisis. Thousands of agitated people have taken to the streets after breaching the state of emergency and curfew.
Former and current stars of the country’s national cricket team have also joined the protest. In this situation, Sri Lanka should not think about cricket at all.
This could have an effect on the series against Bangladesh as well. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has said that it will not be able to welcome the Bangladesh High Performance (HP) team. However, the island nation has yet not discussed about the national team tour likely to be happened in May.
The Sri Lankan national cricket team is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on May 8 to play two Tests of the ICC Championship. The first Test will be played in Chittagong while the second in Dhaka.
Naimur Rahman Durjoy, director of the BCB and chairman of the High Performance Unit, said on Tuesday (April 5), “The impact will naturally fall on cricekt. If a country does not move properly …. electricity is a matter and food as well. Too early to call. But the impact will be felt. However, they are not able to invite HP now. They have already expressed this impotence. The tour has not been canceled, but suspended. Once the environment, situation becomes normal, the tour will definitely be happened.
Not only Sri Lanka, the HP team are not able to visit Ireland at the moment. Ireland are unable to manage the series now due to the ground crisis.
However, Naimur Rahman said that HP’s activities will start after Eid even if it is not a tour.
He said, “After Eid, HP’s programmes will launch from May. There will be a camp with pacers at the beginning. Since our pace bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake is available. There will be skill training in the first week of June.”