Tour of Sri Lanka Still on Despite Travel Warning, Says Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia (CA) insisted that it stays dedicated to touring Sri Lanka next month irrespective of political unrest prompting the Australian government to counsel citizens “reconsider” their need to have to travel to the island.

Australia’s Office of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has up-to-date its journey assistance for Sri Lanka following the nation’s devastating economic crisis activated violence this week. Amid fuel, food stuff and medication shortages, the largely peaceful demonstrations that had been held about the past month boiled around into violent clashes this 7 days, foremost to prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigning. A curfew is in place and security forces have been ordered to shoot looters on sight.

DFAT’s “rethink your have to have to travel” assistance is the identical as the advisory in position for Pakistan, the place Australia successfully toured for a few Tests and as perfectly four confined-overs matches in March-April, albeit with hefty safety provisions.

The men’s team have also toured Bangladesh (in 2017 and 2021) when safety was a worry. The only hitch on either of individuals tours was when regional young children threw a rock at the Aussie workforce bus in Chittagong during the second Exam in 2017, with no a person damage in the incident.

CA’s head of security Stuart Bailey visited Sri Lanka past month and cleared it risk-free to stop by.

Australia have not toured Sri Lanka considering the fact that 2016 when equally its men’s and women’s groups played matches on the island. A men’s Australia A workforce is also scheduled to engage in four matches on the tour following thirty day period.

(With IANS Inputs)