Australian cricketers worried about Sri Lanka tour during crisis | Cricket News



The Australian team have raised ethical concerns about their upcoming Sri Lanka tour with the island nation in the midst of an economic crisis, but will support the decision to go ahead with the visit, Cricket Australia (CA) CEO Todd Greenberg has said.
Sri Lanka is reeling from its worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948, with a severe shortage of foreign currency that is dramatically reducing imports, including essentials such as fuel and medicine.
Protests have rocked the country since late March and violence erupted two weeks ago after clashes between government supporters and protesters in Colombo sparked new incidents across the country that left nine dead and around 300 injured.
“The players are very aware of the situation in Sri Lanka,” Greenberg told the Australian Associated Press on Wednesday.
“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.
“Ultimately our players want to continue playing cricket and will follow CA’s guidance, advice and guidance on tour arrangements and planning.”
Australia have announced three strong squads for the seven-week tour in June and July, which includes a Twenty20 series, five one-day internationals as well as two Tests in Galle.


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