Heavy losses in postponed SL-WI ODI series

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Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9:55 [IST]
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Big losses in postponed SL-WI ODI series

The postponement of the Sri lankan-West Indies ODI series and the reduction in the number of fixtures from 5 to 3, has cost the Sri Lankan Cricket board (SLC) a whopping $125,000 in financial losses. The series had to be moved back due to incessant rain across the island.

Ajith Jayasekera, the SLC CEO, stated that the board had incurred a loss of approximately US$25,000 on each of the five matches that was to be televised by their broadcast partner Ten Sports.

"We couldn't play the five matches and we didn't get the fee per match," Jayasekara said. "Ten Sports had not planned for the postponement of the tour which occurred due to unforeseen circumstances and they were unable to meet those conditions. They also had no obligations for the current series."

In the absence of the regular broadcaster, the matches will be shown by Sri Lanka's national television station Rupavahini but will not be broadcast to the international audience.

The venues for the matches have also undergone changes with all three of them scheduled to be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. The first match is to be played on January 31 followed by the second and third on February 3 and 6.

Originally the matches were to be played at two World Cup venues, the first at Hambantota and the second and third at the R Premadasa Stadium.


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