According to ESPNCricinfo, the second test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, due to start on July 24, is set to be moved from Colombo to Galle. The change in the current two-match series is likely to be made as there is a possibility of political protests in the island’s capital.
As fear around the ongoing political protests may lead to logistical problems in Colombo, the second test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is expected to be moved to Galle from the original venue in the island’s capital, as ESPNCricinfo reports.
“Although at no time have cricket matches been threatened by the large-scale civil unrest seen in Sri Lanka over the past few months, and particularly the past week, there are fears that the masses descending again into the streets of Colombo do not create logistical challenges for a Test Match,” read an ESPNCricinfo report.
Recently, on July 9, Galle also attended a protest which was taking place on the second day of the test match between Sri Lanka and Australia. However, the match was not affected by this as the magnitude of the crowd was not as large as during the Colombo protests.
Although there have been no such incidents where a cricket match has been halted due to the protests in Sri Lanka, there is a possibility as the protests have only increased over a period of time.
“Two of the three T20Is and three of the ODIs on the Australian tour were all played at Khettarama Stadium. While these matches were almost evenly attended and played out as usual, the scale of political protests increased significantly. in Colombo from Khettarama was due to host the second Test against Pakistan, but if it moves to Galle it would be the third consecutive home Test series to be played exclusively at the venue,” the report added.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan are currently playing in Galle for the first Test of the two-match series. At the time of writing, the visitors have reached 21/1 after beating the side managed by Dimuth Karunaratne for 222.
Follow us on Facebook here
Stay connected with us on Twitter here
Like and share our Instagram page here