Australian captain Aaron Finch hopes his team can bring some joy to Sri Lankan cricket fans during the island’s worst financial crisis in more than seven decades.
Aaron Finch hopes Australia can bring some joy to crisis-stricken Sri Lanka (Reuters image)
- Hope Australia can bring some joy to crisis-stricken Sri Lanka: Aaron Finch
- Australia reached Sri Lanka for a six-week tour in all formats
- Finch also ruled out any complacency against Sri Lankan side
Australian limited-over captain Aaron Finch said he hopes his team can bring some joy and entertainment to Sri Lankan fans affected by the country’s worst economic crisis.
Australian cricketers reached Sri Lanka on Wednesday for the six-week all-format tour, comprising eight limited overs matches and two tests. Earlier, many Australian cricketers had expressed concern about the crisis in Sri Lanka.
“We are here to play cricket. Hopefully we can bring some joy and entertainment to Sri Lanka… This is the first time we have been here since 2016 which is such a big hole,” he said.
“It’s such a special place to tour. The hospitality you get here, the friendliness and their love for the game is unbelievable.”
The protests and frequent power cuts due to the economic crisis have raised some questions about day-night games. Asked if they had any confidence in those games, Finch said: “It’s really above my paycheck. But all those things were checked off between the two boards and the governments before the tour went through.
“Whether or not they shift the games to day games, I’m not sure what will happen… but last week I haven’t heard any complaints (from teammates).”
Australia kicks off their tour on Tuesday with the first of their three Twenty20 matches against a Sri Lanka team that is ninth in this format.
Finch, who led Australia to their first T20 World Cup title last year, ruled out any complacency against a home side that included batter Kusal Mendis and spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.
“We had some close runs against them… they’re a very dangerous side,” Finch said.
“If you just look at the top order then there’s Kusal who can be just as damaging as anyone at times and it’s clear Hasaranga has had an incredible number of years in T20 cricket.”