Australia in Sri Lanka 2011 June 26, 2011

Sri Lanka slash budget for Australia series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket has slashed its budget for Australia's tour in August and September this year, sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has said. The cash cuts, he said, will not affect the quality of security provided for the teams, despite the board being instructed to trim the security bill from 50 million rupees ($ 445,000) to nine million rupees ($ 81,000).

"We are taking austerity measures because we can't even recover the monies we are spending," Aluthgamage told AFP. "There is no war now [Sri Lanka's conflict with the LTTE ended in May 2009], and I think there are enough officers in the military and police that could assure us very good security, at a fraction of the [originally projected] cost."

Overall, the SLC had budgeted 300 million rupees ($ 2.67 million) for the tour that comprises three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s. The projected income, however, was a "dismal" 150 million rupees. The board will now look to keep expenses down to 100 million rupees, the minister said. "Lots of frills like distributing hundreds of free tickets and banquet meals for invitees will be cut."

The expenses incurred while co-hosting the 2011 World Cup have left SLC in debt. Pallekele, one of two new venues built for the World Cup, will host both the Twenty20 games against Australia, one ODI and one Test, while the other new stadium, Hambantota, will stage two ODIs. The cost of constructing these stadiums left SLC a debt of $23 million. The board pledged the newly built stadiums plus the income from upcoming tours as collateral to raise funds to pay for the World Cup.

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  • Sakthi on June 28, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    @Sudesh No No No We are actually talking about the state of cricket in SL; We wont need if u give it for free;

  • ashok on June 28, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    To all SL fans, looks like you are claiming that the site is yours... well mate, if you are so supportive and the board is so great then stop your players from playing the IPL. you cant even dare to think about it, becoz alreasy SL is at BCCI's foot. @RJ_Upasena - check out my first comment... Its all an effect of the L TT E war...

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    I agree 100% with Mr. Upasena. Indians feel that they are the greatest in cricket. Take an example from the West Indies and Australia. If not for the other cricket playing nations they will only be playing domestic cricket. More than cricket money talks in India now.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    shut up men!! we can care abut our things!!! indians what do u want !! u ar thinking S L as ure own State!!!

  • Sumal on June 27, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    After all the spending for a Cricket Stadium in Hambanthota... i wouldn't mind at leaset if a proper name was given to it...

  • Prabhu on June 27, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    when there is no money, why they agree to cohost and to construct new stadium and then blame India?

  • ashok on June 27, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    yeah... Blame BCCI, Blame IPL for the same...

  • ashok on June 27, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    No money, No Pitches, No grounds, No audiences, No Media, No viewers , it is a Cricket board (SL) or a petty shop ?

  • ashok on June 27, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Beg to BCCI for a tour... Board is dissolving becoz it gave salary and security to players... Funny fellas... Just becoz IPL is a hit don't criticize it... Unless the board is a private run Organization like great BCCI, it cant survive. I want SLCB to dissolve so that Mr Rajapakse can learn about it and INDIa... But funny man you are @Lovetesh...

  • Arjuna on June 27, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Can we have a filter for irrelevant garbage comments not related to the article in question? There seem to be too many Indian fans with way too much time on their hands constantly invading the cricinfo space when the subject matter does not relate to Indian cricket at all. The cricket world does not revolve around India as some may think! Follow your own team and do not use this space hang out your insecurities...

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