The International Cricket Council has kept faith in Sri Lanka as a safe haven to pursue with their long term plan of helping associate members to play cricket against competitive sides. It is no secret that the standard of competition between established test playing nations and the associate members is too wide.
The associate members not only lack the infrastructure to compete at the highest level but are not given enough opportunities to play against established sides.
Sri Lanka after the end of the war is ICC’s first choice based on the fact, the infrastructure for Cricket is good, and the Island is enjoying a peaceful atmosphere.
The other plus points in favor of Sri Lanka helping out the less affluent nations is the competitive bench strength that’s available under SLC’s roof with 76 contracted players, whose livelihood is now Cricket, hence selecting competitive sides to play against associate members is not a concern.
Sri Lanka warmly welcomes Ireland, Afghanistan, and Canada who are here in Sri Lanka to play in the four nation continental cup. The “A” team selected to play in this tournament includes players who have had a good run at international level and are still in the reckoning for a national call. Selectors must be given credit for including players in the caliber of Mahela Udawatta, Tharanga Paranavithana, Chamara Kapugedera and Farveez Maharoof in the 16 man squad.