Pakistan hope Sri Lanka tour will go ahead
Cricket officials in Pakistan said Wednesday they hoped Sri Lanka’s
tour would go ahead next month amid doubts following the sacking of the
country’s interim cricket board.
Sri Lankan Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge has fired interim board
president Arjuna Ranatunga, who agreed to send his team to Pakistan in
January after India pulled out of a much-anticipated tour in the wake of
the Mumbai attacks.
Media reports have quoted Lokuge as saying that all decisions made by
the previous board would be reviewed, raising doubts that the tour of
five one-dayers and three Tests would go ahead as planned.
“The change in the set-up is their internal matter and I hope the
series will take place,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating
officer Salim Altaf told reporters.
“Pakistan is sure to play this series as we badly need to have an
international series at home. We are keen on hosting Sri Lanka even
though we will not make much money,” he added.
Altaf said he would discuss the situation with Sri Lankan officials
at the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
The cancellation of India’s tour was the third major cricket event
called off here this year, after Australia refused to tour in March and
the ICC postponed the elite eight-nation Champions Trophy set for August
KARACHI, Thursday AFP