Pakistan have no issues touring Sri Lanka despite political turmoil: PCB

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has assured Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that it doesn’t have any hesitation touring the country for a two-match Test series in July-August, despite the political turmoil in the country.

“We are always ready to support Sri Lanka Cricket even in difficult times, and we have no issues touring the country for the Test series,” a PCB official was quoted as saying.

SLC is facing quite a bit of problems because of the present uncertain political and economic situation in the country with protests breaking out almost daily against the Government.

Cricket Australia (CA), which is to send its team to Sri Lanka before Pakistan, has stated it is keeping a close check on the situation before taking a final decision, but the PCB official mentioned that it was SLC’s call and Pakistan would just follow their path.

PCB will not refuse SLC

Sri Lanka is currently going through probably its worst economic crisis with only 12 hours of electricity being provided to the locals, who are also facing severe fuel shortages.

“We have a very strong relationship with the Sri Lankan Board; the two countries have always supported each other in difficult situations,” the official said. He also quipped that Pakistan would not refuse to play the series later this year.

“Whatever decision SLC deems best we will accept it, playing in Sri Lanka or even at a neutral venue,” he said.

Pakistan was set to take part in three ODIs on the tour, but SLC requested the PCB to cancel the white-ball matches as they wanted to start their Lanka Premier League (LPL) earlier by a week.

(Agencies)