Last week, the West Indies Cricket Board reported a hint of uncertainty over the initially submitted full Test tour, comprising of 2 Day Tests and 1 Day/Night Test against Sri Lanka, starting 6th June 2018 at Kings Park Oval.
Instead, the idea was to scrap one Test and replace it with a few one-day internationals.
A bit of a financial situation was what prompted Cricket Windies to think of an alternative and Sri Lanka Cricket was informed right away.
“CWI are experiencing a really challenging financial year as they only have home series scheduled against us and Bangladesh. They have been talking to us about sharing the costs of the tour and at this stage, they haven’t given us any indication that the tour might get postponed altogether,” said SLC CEO Ashley de Silva last week.
However, in a recent statement, Cricket Windies announced the Test series is not in danger of being reduced and will go on as planned.
“We will lose a significant amount hosting Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. We knew 2018 would be a tough financial year and the back to back surpluses over the last three years would never be enough to take us through this year. At this stage though, full tours for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are still on. With England and India coming for international home series next year, we anticipate better fortunes,” said CWI chief Johnny Grave to the Nation News.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket concluded the 8-day training camp at Pallekale last week. Angelo Mathews was happy with the camp and reported that it was very focused and specific.
The training camp has been very focused and specific. When it comes to skill training, it was very organized. We also worked on our fitness. We have been training in all three disciplines for eight days and it has been a very good outing,” Mathews told Cricbuzz.
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