Sri Lanka has been going through a major economic crisis for some time now. While the country has seen some major problems, cricket seems to be a sign of some relief. According to the recent reports, The BCCI has agreed to a T20 series between India and Sri Lanka before or after the Asia Cup 2022.
It will be a two-match series, most likely to be played in the United Arab Emirates. It is widely assumed that cricket is the sole sport that generates revenue for the country.
“India has agreed to play Sri Lanka in a two-match T20 series before or after the Asia Cup to allow its close ally to earn some valuable foreign currency. Sri Lanka is in a major Forex crisis and cricket is the only sport that regularly brings in dollars to the country,” a report in sundaytimes.lk said.
“The Board of Control for India (BCCI) has been a generous friend, having helped its neighbour in times of trouble by sending their national team to Sri Lanka and they have agreed once again when Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) made a request,” the report further added.
“We are in the process of finalising the venue for the two-match series. But most probably it will be in UAE,” a source was quoted saying by the website.
Meanwhile, the Asia Cup, which was scheduled to be hosted by Sri Lanka, has apparently been moved to the UAE. The competition was shifted due to the country’s economic problems. The tournament is expected to begin on August 27th. The final will be played on the 11th of September. The event would feature India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka, as well as a qualifying team. The qualifications are expected to begin on August 20th.
In the meanwhile, Sri Lanka will host Australia and Pakistan between June and August. It remains to be seen if the series will go ahead or not. The white-ball series against Australia is scheduled to start on June 7th.