SLC in negotiations with other boards after Zimbabwe postpone series

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“We have written to a few countries that are without any international fixtures in October-November and are awaiting a response from them”

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have announced that they are requesting other cricket boards to organise a tour after Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) asked for their series to be postponed indefinitely.

Sri Lanka were scheduled to travel to Zimbabwe, where they would play two Test matches, three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

According to SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, SLC have approached the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), New Zealand Cricket (NZC), Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to organise a tour.

“We have written to a few countries that are without any international fixtures in October-November and are awaiting a response from them,” Ranatunga said. “We have to first know of the availability of the countries before deciding on the tour schedule. We are looking at three weeks in October.”

Ranatunga earlier confirmed that ZC had written to SLC about postponing the tour due to some “challenging issues” they were facing.

“If Zimbabwe cannot accommodate us at the moment and are seeking a postponement we will have to communicate with them and find out when it is suitable to play the series in the near future,” Ranatunga added.

If Sri Lanka’s tour of Zimbabwe does not go ahead, they will remain at seventh on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings and the next chance they have to improve their ranking is when they travel to the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan in a three-Test series in December.

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