Sri Lanka’s seven U-19 players going for US visa interviews on Tuesday
Sri Lanka’s under-19 team manager and tour selector Farvez Mahroof is optimistic. He is hopeful of his team’s tour of West Indies where tri-nation series against England and West Indies is scheduled to be played.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo, he said, “Yes, the tour is not in jeopardy. It is “most likely” to be on. Our seven players have been re-invited for the visa interviews on Tuesday”.
Visa application for seven players (four from a team of 15 players and three standbys) were rejected by the US embassy. There are wicket keepers in the list whose visas have been rejected.
It was also speculated that the team would change its route and players will travel via UK instead of USA.
“There is no such plan to travel via England but we are to travel via USA. The matches are scheduled to start from December 6. At present the matches have not yet been rescheduled”.
“We have made an appeal to the US Embassy with regard to the seven players whose visas were rejected and are awaiting a response,” said Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva yesterday.
However, rescheduling of the matches is not ruled out either.