Sri Lanka's tour of West Indies in financial jeopardy

Sri Lanka are scheduled to tour West Indies for a 3 Tests series.

West Indies feels hosting Srilanka will be a financial jolt. (AFP)

Just before the Sri Lankan team travels to the Caribbean for their 3 Tests series against the West Indies, the series has now come under a financial issue where the Cricket West Indies feels that hosting the island nation for a Test series will cost them a big money hurt. 

Sri Lanka has never been a financially attractive host for West Indies, as since debuting into the Test arena Sri Lanka have only played three 2 match series there. 

Although, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has cleared the tour will go ahead with a minor change in formats to be played. SLC CEO Ashley de Silva has been quoted saying to Cricbuzz that, "The most likely scenario is that we might reduce one of the Test matches and convert that into an ODI series. They are looking at some of the alternatives," 

"We should know within the next 48 hours what exactly is happening. Converting a Test match into an ODI series will financially benefit the hosts. We are waiting to hear from West Indies to get a clear idea."

He further added, "Even we have done that in the past. What usually happens is that the ICC gives away some money and then reduces from what is owed to the board for participation in ICC events. If the ICC bailout happens, we could even see all three Tests taking place,"

The Tests were scheduled to take place in Trinidad, St. Lucia and Barbados after a three-day warm-up match in Trinidad.


By Kashish Chadha - 20 May, 2018

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