CA monitors SL situation


Cricket Australia (CA) is monitoring fast-growing unrest in Sri Lanka, but remains confident next month’s tour of the country will go ahead as planned.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday night, following months of protests after the nation was plunged into its worst economic crisis in decades. His resignation followed an attack by government supporters on protesters, leading to a countrywide curfew and armed troops being deployed in the capital of Colombo.

According to Associated Press, a ruling party lawmaker and three other people died in the violence.

Australia’s men are due to arrive in Colombo in three weeks for the start of their tour, which includes three Twenty20s, five ODIs and two Tests between 7 June and 12 July. They will spend 16 of those days in Colombo, where the current violence has unfolded.

CA officials had until this point been certain the tour would go ahead, and remain confident. Head of Security Stuart Bailey completed a reconnaissance tour of the country last month in the midst of the economic crisis, and it was cleared as safe to visit.

CA officials will now start to monitor the situation more closely following Monday night’s violence, but are still confident the tour will proceed.

There is also a thought that Australia touring Sri Lanka, where there have been significant food shortages and power cuts, could assist economically.