Lanka awaits response – may pull out of Caribbean tour

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Sri Lanka Cricket said that it has made an appeal to the US Embassy to reconsider the visas of seven players selected to tour the West Indies with the Sri Lanka under 19 cricket team.The visas of seven players were rejected by the US Embassy thus putting the tour to the West Indies in jeopardy.The team was to leave for the West Indies via USA yesterday but due to the visa issue the departure has been postponed.“We have made an appeal to the US Embassy with regard to the seven players whose visas were rejected and are awaiting a response,” said Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva yesterday.

“We will wait until Monday and if there is no positive response we will have to pull out of the tour and make alternate arrangements to give the under 19 cricketers strong opposition preparing them for the Under 19 World Cup in South Africa in January,” he said.De Silva stated that the under 19 team would be pitted against the Sri Lanka Emerging side in a series of matches.