Looks like we are going to miss out on hosting the ICC Championship Trophy, come October.
With Sri Lanka Cricket Committee in total disarray and the growing security-concerns in the island, ICC would be more than happy to take the game away from the alternate venue to a more cosy and comfortable place like the UAE where Dubai and Abu Dhabi are throwing their dirhams around to get some international games in to their newly-built cricket grounds. Australia and South Africa are the other possible, natural contenders; but the UAE has a better chance – considering what money can buy these days.
Instead of trying to swing the ICC in their favour, the Emiratis could easily approach a few Sri Lankan decision makers who would ensure that the games aren’t played here in October. Minister Gamini Lokuge has told The National that there are indications that the ICC wants to stage the Champions Trophy in Dubai, already.
“Some doubts have been raised as far as Sri Lanka is concerned mainly from the weather prospective,” says the ICC’s general manager, Dave Richardson. “Questions have been raised whether it's wise to hold a tournament where rain is often affecting in October.”
Yeah right, take the game away and blame it on the rain..!