Travel warning and DFAT discussions as Australia’s cricket team prepares for tour to strife-torn Sri Lanka

Travel warning and DFAT discussions as Australia’s cricket team prepares for tour to strife-torn Sri Lanka

Australia’s cricketers have been briefed about the escalating political stress in Sri Lanka ahead of the Australian men’s group tour subsequent thirty day period.

The Section of Overseas Affairs and Trade (DFAT) yesterday suggested travellers to reconsider their will need to pay a visit to Sri Lanka because of to the safety situation.

Australia is owing to play three T20 Internationals, 5 1-Day Internationals and two Exam matches in Kandy, Colombo and Galle from early June to mid-July.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson stated the circumstance was staying viewed carefully.

“Our players and aid staff members have been briefed and will keep on to be saved up to date,” the spokesperson said.

Talks are ongoing in between Australian officials, their Sri Lankan counterparts and DFAT but with 3 months until eventually the scheduled departure of the squad there are not still any adjustments to the agenda.

In a bid to ease political unrest Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa will appoint a new key minister and cupboard this 7 days, but it’s not clear whether this will conclude the violent demonstrations.

Travel warning and DFAT discussions as Australia’s cricket team prepares for tour to strife-torn Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan military officers have been deployed in Colombo in a bid to deter demonstrators.(AP: Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankans blame the federal government of previous prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for an economic collapse and shortages of foodstuff, gas and medicine that unleashed widespread protests.

Australia’s cricketers frequented Pakistan for the first time considering the fact that 1998 earlier this calendar year following a interval all through which the threat of terrorism in that region was deemed much too good a possibility.

The team past frequented Sri Lanka in 2016.

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