Australian players express concern over Sri Lanka tour under current circumstances

Australian players have expressed concern over a tour of Sri Lanka amid the economic crisis and political unrest in the island nation.

The Australian squad are due to fly to Sri Lanka next week to play three T20 internationals, five ODIs and two test matches during a month-long tour.

Australia versus Sri Lanka. Image credits: ICC

Aussie players worried about Sri Lanka tour under current circumstances

Earlier this month, Sri Lanka observed a curfew after civil protests turned violent. The country also suffers from basic shortages like fuel, cooking gas and daily power cuts.

A few weeks ago, Cricket Australia confirmed that the tour would continue despite the Australian government’s travel advisory, which asked tourists to reconsider their plans due to security concerns in the island nation.

According to a report by the Australian Associated Press (AAP), some Australian players have expressed unease with the morals surrounding touring Sri Lanka under the current circumstances.

The three-game T20I series between Australia and Sri Lanka will be played in Colombo, where regular power cuts are reported. It was planned to hold the T20I games during the day, but there is no confirmation on this at the moment.

There is a level of discomfort around touring conditions: ACA

Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) CEO Todd Greenberg said the players are ambivalent on the Sri Lanka tour and will await guidance from the board for the same.

Todd Greenberg.  Photo-Twitter
Todd Greenberg. Photo-Twitter

Players are very aware of the situation in Sri Lanka and it is fair to say that there is a level of discomfort around touring in conditions that contrast with those faced by the people of Sri Lanka, such as rising food prices, power cuts and fuel rationing. Greenberg told AAP.

“Ultimately our players want to continue playing cricket and will follow CA’s guidance, advice and guidance on tour arrangements and planning,” he added.

The tour is set to begin on June 7 with the first T20 International at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Read also: Australian Tour of Sri Lanka 2022: Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dunith Wellalage named in provisional white ball squads

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