Pak blames India for SL players tour boycott

Tanya Simon
September 19, 2019

Notably, the Sri Lankan cricket board had given the players a detailed brief on the security arrangements being made for the tour and were then given the freedom to decide if they wanted to be a part of the Pakistan tour or not.

They were scheduled to visit Pakistan for three one-day internationals and the same number of Twenty20 internationals between September 27 and October 9.

Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal joined ODI captain Karunaratne, T20 skipper Malinga and former captain Mathews in choosing not to be part of the tour. In October 2017, Sri Lanka played a T20 match in Lahore for the first time since a terror attack near the same venue in March 2009.

He even claimed that India could have used threats that the Sri Lankan players would lose their IPL contracts if they travelled to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga is among those not attending
Sri Lanka Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga is among those not attending

"Following the meeting with the players, the National Selectors, selected a T20i and ODI squad to tour Pakistan, and the respective squads will be sent to the approval of the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando in due course".

In response to the development, the PCB in a statement said that the participation or non-participation of senior players does not matter as the Sri Lankan team is nevertheless arriving for a complete tour. "The PCB understands and respects it is the prerogative of Sri Lanka Cricket to select the best available players for the upcoming tour for white-ball cricket". He did not make the XI for Sri Lanka's two most recent ODIs, nor their most recent T20 squad, in any case. And Pakistan is also willing to provide the same security they give to heads of state for the players.

During the meeting, the players were informed about the security situation in Pakistan and the measures the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to take for the safety and security of the players during the tour.

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