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10 Lanka cricketers say no to Pakistan tour

September 11, 2019

Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews are among the 10 Sri Lankan cricketers who have opted not to travel to Pakistan for an upcoming cricket tour due to security concerns.

The Sri Lankan team is scheduled to play three One-day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), from 27 September to 9 October. The other big player to opt out is former captain Thisara Perera, who led the Sri Lanka team which toured Pakistan in 2017.

This is a major setback for the Pakistan Cricket Board's efforts to revive cricket in the country after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. After the attack, many international teams have refused to tour Pakistan and this has forced the country to play their home matches in United Arab Emirates. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board said that players were told about the security arrangements for the six-match limited over series, and given the freedom to choose if they wanted to travel. Following this, 10 players chose to stay away.

Sri Lanka Cricket today held a meeting with players, who were chosen as part of a preliminary squad to select the team.. players will be given the freedom to decide on either taking part or not in the forthcoming Pakistan tour… Following the meeting with the players, the National Selectors, selected a T20i and ODI squad to tour Pakistan - Sri Lankan Cricket Board

Some players like batsman Danushka Gunathilaka believed security would be adequate." The Pakistan Cricket Board has told the media that Pakistan would accept whatever team the Sri Lankan board sends.

"Technically it is an internal matter of the Sri Lankan board so we can't comment on it. But the bottom line is that the tour is on from 25th September and we are making all preparations to host them in Karachi and Lahore", said an official.

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