Sri Lanka Cricket have decided to donate the entire revenue from ticket sales of the Australia Tour of Sri Lanka, to the Government of Sri Lanka, to battle the ongoing Economic Crisis in the country.
During a media briefing held today (06th June) in Colombo, Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Mohan de Silva mentioned that the SLC Executive Committee decided that all revenue from ticket sales for the Australia Tour of Sri Lanka will be handed over to the Sports Ministry to be used for the welfare of the public affected by the current economic crisis.
He further mentioned that the decision was taken by the Executive Committee as per the request made by the Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, who has been very supportive in extending his utmost support and cooperation to ensure that Sri Lanka conducts this tour without any hindrance.
“While welcoming the Australians, I am proud to say that the Australian tour is very important to the country not only on the Cricket front, but also economically in view of the foreign exchange revenue the country is accruing during this critical juncture of the economy, as Sri Lanka Cricket has unanimously decided to donate all the proceeds for the benefit of the people,” De Silva said.
De Silva announced that Sri Lanka as a country would greatly benefit economically as well to the tune of US $ 2 ½ million by hosting the Australians for a 52-day long home tour.
The first match of the 3-match T20I series between Sri Lanka and Australia will begin tomorrow (07th June) at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.