Ten leading Sri Lankan players have opted out of the upcoming limited-overs tour of Pakistan due to security reasons
Ten Sri Lankan players, including T20 skipper Lasith Malinga and ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne, have pulled out of their upcoming tour of Pakistan due to security concerns.
Following a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009, the majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country.
The announcement of a limited-overs tour later this month had been seen as another step towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.
But the Sri Lankan cricket board announced on Monday that national players had been briefed on security arrangements for the six-match series, and given the freedom to decide if they wanted to travel.
Fawad Chaudhry blames India for the Sri Lankan players withdrawal
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday claimed India threatened Sri Lanka players over not being able to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they travelled to Pakistan for their tour later this month.
In a post on Twitter, Chaudhry said, “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they’ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pakistan visit.”
“This is a really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” the minister added.
Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 10, 2019
Chaudhry’s tweet comes a day after, 10 Sri Lankan players, including T20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, pulled out of the upcoming tour of Pakistan citing security concerns.
The Sri Lanka Cricket board said players in a preliminary squad were briefed on security arrangements for the six-match limited over series starting September 27 and given the freedom to decide if they wanted to travel.
Following the briefing, ten players “chose to stay away” from the series of three one-day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20 games.
Sri Lanka’s Tour of Pakistan
The Pakistan-Sri Lanka series starts September 27 and is scheduled to conclude on October 9, 2019.
27 Sep – 1st ODI, Karachi
29 Sep – 2nd ODI, Karachi
2 Oct – 3rd ODI, Karachi
5 Oct – 1st T20I, Lahore
7 Oct – 2nd T20I, Lahore
9 Oct – 3rd T20I, Lahore
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