New Delhi. A state of emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka amid reports that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country. A spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed this. Let us tell you that President Gotabaya was to resign from his post today. But, before that he fled from Colombo to Maldives with his wife. As soon as the protesters came to know about the news of the President leaving the country, they became more agitated. Thousands of protesters have gheraoed the Parliament and the Prime Minister’s Office. Meanwhile, there are also reports that protesters are trying to enter the Prime Minister’s Office. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been made the country’s acting President. He declared emergency in the country.
The emergency implemented in Sri Lanka can also have an impact on the cricket field. The first match of the 2-Test series is to be played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka from July 16 in Galle. For this, Pakistan’s team has come to Sri Lanka and is playing a practice match with Sri Lanka Cricket XI in Colombo. Today is its third day. However, the situation in Sri Lanka has changed rapidly in the last few days. In such a situation, Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka may be in trouble. However, at present, no official decision or statement has come from both the boards regarding this.
Sri Lanka-Australia series completed amid protests
Before Pakistan, Australia’s team came on the tour of Sri Lanka. A series of 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s were played between the two. During the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Galle, a large number of protesters had entered the stadium demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. However, this did not affect the Test match and Sri Lanka won the Test match by an innings and 39 runs to level the series 1-1. However, now a state of emergency has been imposed in Sri Lanka. In such a situation, there is a possibility of cancellation of Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka.
Asia Cup will be out of Sri Lanka!
Not only this, the Asia Cup is to be held in Sri Lanka from August 27. But, the effect of the political instability spread in the country seems to be affecting it too. There has been speculation for a long time that this tournament will be shifted out of Sri Lanka. Now it has come to the notice that the Asian Cricket Council has asked Bangladesh to be ready to host this tournament. Bangladesh has also expressed its desire to host the Asia Cup and it is expected that now the tournament will be held there. A decision on this will be taken within the next few days. If the Asia Cup takes place outside Sri Lanka, then Cricket Sri Lanka may suffer a loss of 5-6 million dollars.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 13, 2022, 13:17 IST