In the recent few months, Sri Lanka has suffered from a political and economic crisis arising from the pandemic and some bad decisions by the government. In fact, there have been resignations of the entire ministry amidst turmoil in the country.
On 18 June (Saturday), the government announced that the public sector offices will remain shut due to fuel shortages in the country. The frequent power cuts have forced the education ministry to urge the teachers to conduct their classes online. Along with the energy and fuel crisis, the government officials are asked to engage in agricultural activities as well to mitigate the food crisis as well.
Will Sri Lanka vs Australia series still continue?
The Australian national team is on a six-week tour to Sri Lanka for playing 3 T20Is, 5 ODIs, and 2 Tests. The T20I matches have already taken place with the Australian team winning 2-1. At this moment, the 2 matches of the 50-overs format have been concluded, with the series being tied 1-1.
Ahead of the series, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Mohan de Silva had given a statement that hosting Australia is expected to get a huge economic boost of around US $ 2.5 million.
“While welcoming the Australians, I am proud to say that the Australian tour is very important to the country not only on the cricket front but also economically given the foreign exchange revenue accruing to the country during this critical juncture of the economy as Sri Lanka Cricket has unanimously decided to donate all the proceeds for the benefit of the people,” de Silva was quoted as saying by Sri Lanka Cricket.
The crowds have ensured packed houses in all the five matches in the series to support the Sri Lanka cricket team and act as a medium to keep the money rolling in the economy.
All the income from the ticket sales of this series will be donated to public welfare initiatives, which will help in strengthening the supply of essential items.
With the grave importance of boosting the sports infrastructure and economy, it is expected that the series will continue for the betterment of the country. It will also be critical for SLC to successfully conduct this tour, as they are scheduled to host Asia Cup in August-September 2022.