After weeks of economic turmoil, the island nation of Sri Lanka announced default on all of its $51 billion external debt after running out of foreign exchange for imports. Colombo called the move a “last resort.” The nation is grappling with its worst economic downturn since independence, with regular blackouts and acute shortages of food and fuel.
Sri Lanka “sold” the 2011 World Cup final to India, the country’s former sports minister said on Thursday. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was sports minister at the time, is the second senior figure to allege the final was fixed, after 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga. Aluthgamage said he “did not want to disclose” the plot at the time.
Sri Lankan cricket team that had to leave in a helicopter from Gaddafi Stadium Lahore following a horrifying terrorist attack will be visiting Pakistan this December for a 2-match Test series. Previously, senior players like Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal who refused to play in Pakistan, are now willing to visit the country. Pakistan .Lahore and Karachi are all set to host test matches after 10 years.
Groundbreaking One-day International series to return to Pakistan, as Karachi prepares to host Sri Lanka in the first of three matches at the National Stadium. With nine of top regular stars skipping the tour for security reasons and prodigiously talented young right-handed batsman Kusal Mendis sidelined through injury, Sri Lanka have named experienced left-handed opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne as ODI captain.
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella and all-rounder Thisara Perera are not keen on traveling with the team to Pakistan for 3 ODIs and T20I series. Both players have sought permission for their participation in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which will be played from 4th of September, clashing with the dates on which the Sri Lankan team will be touring Pakistan.