“A practical decision had to be taken” – WICB CEO Hilaire

St John’s, Antigua – West Indies Cricket Board CEO Dr. Ernest Hilaire said that a practical decision had to be taken in the interest of cricket with regard to the cancellation of the Limited Overs portion of the West Indies Team tour of Sri Lanka.

"The weather in Sri Lanka has been most disappointing throughout the tour and a practical decision had to be taken in the best interest of cricket, the fans and the players," Dr Hilaire commented. 

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Sri Lanka Cricket took the decision to cancel the Limited Overs Series when it was clear that the persistent rain is unlikely to abate and allow for completed matches. The drawn three match Test Series was also heavily affected by rain.

The WICB was consulted and supported the decision taken by SLC.

"It made little sense to have the teams turn up for matches which they knew were not going to take place and this would have caused frustrations to fans and officials as well," Dr Hilaire observed.

"The weather is beyond any of our control and the WICB will now work with Sri Lanka Cricket to ensure that the matches are rescheduled to a time when the weather is more favourable for cricket," Dr Hilaire advised.