ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to donate all proceeds from ticket sales from the upcoming Australian Tour of the Sri Lankan Games to the welfare of those suffering from the current economic crisis, a source has said. SLC spokesperson.
Eight matches between the two countries will be played as day and night matches, which are expected to be played under floodlights and consume more energy than day matches. Two one-day matches will be played in Kandy, Pallekele ground, while the other six matches of the shorter version of the game will be played in Colombo.
The SLC executive committee made the decision to donate the money following a request made by Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe.
“All ticket money for the five one-day matches, three T20 matches and two Tests will be donated to ensure people have their essentials,” he said.
The first Twenty20 (T20) starts on June 7 at 7:00 p.m. The tour lasts until the end of July.
SLC has already donated nearly US$2 million to two hospitals in Colombo to purchase medicine.
Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis in its history with people facing shortages of essential goods including fuel, cooking gas, milk powder, medicine and food.
Many people are forced to queue for hours or days to get their essentials as the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has depleted the country’s dollar reserves. Tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs or are earning less due to falling demand and the closure of businesses. (Colombo/06 June 2022)