In a glimmer of hope for Asia Cup organizers grappling with persistent rain disruptions, the senior director-general of the Sri Lanka Meteorological Department, Athula Karunanayake, has indicated that the latter stages of the tournament could experience more favorable playing conditions.
Karunanayake conveyed that, according to meteorological predictions, the weather is expected to become more suitable for cricket after September 9, potentially alleviating the challenges posed by adverse weather conditions during the tournament.
On September 10, India is set to face Pakistan in a Super Four match at Colombo, followed by a match between Rohit Sharma’s team and Sri Lanka on September 12, and a fixture against Bangladesh on September 15. The grand finale is scheduled for September 17.
Explaining the meteorological dynamics, Karunanayake noted, “During this time of the year, which marks the conclusion of the southwest monsoon period, the southwestern region of Sri Lanka typically receives higher rainfall. Over the last two weeks, the western province has encountered increased rainfall. While the western province may experience some showers in the upcoming week, the weather is anticipated to be sunny and cloudy with minimal precipitation after September 9.”
Karunanayake’s statement comes in the wake of the Asia Cup match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on September 2, which was abandoned due to persistent rain. Pakistan, after restricting Rohit Sharma’s team to 266 runs, was unable to bat due to relentless rainfall.