SLC ready to organize SLPL in place of Bangladesh series
A few days ago, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board was looking into the possibility of a Bangladesh-Sri Lanka series. This time they have said that they are worried about the series. If not Bangladesh, they are thinking about the future.
SLC secretary Mohan de Silva said they wanted to prepare for the T20 World Cup by hosting the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL).
India were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in late June, but the series was postponed by the Sri Lankan board. They were not seeing the light of hope even with the visit of Bangladesh in July in the coronavirus situation.
Bangladesh have three Tests in their tour of Sri Lanka in July, which is part of the ICC World Test Championship. Mohan told the Daily News on Saturday that they were thinking about the series.
“These two tours are very uncertain right now. The Indian series is out and Bangladesh is also dilly-dallying because of the situation, unless it improves within the next month or so they will not consider coming this year,”
Mohan de Silva said.
The fate of the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia also in doubt due to coronavirus. However, Sri Lanka want to be ready for the tournament as scheduled. So the SLC secretary was looking at the option of preparing for the World Cup through playing domestic cricket.
“If the Bangladesh series doesn’t take place we will have to prepare for the World T20 in Australia in October-November because that is our next international series. Cricket Australia is keen to have the World T20 because they won’t forego any income. They have already started footie without spectators and in time to come the other sports will also start to follow. The possibility of the World T20 being held is there because Australia has put out their international schedule,” said De Silva.