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10 Sri Lankan Players to opt-out of Pakistan tour over security fear



10 Sri Lankan Players to opt-out of Pakistan tour over security fear

10 Sri Lankan players including Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne pulled of the upcoming tour of Pakistan, citing security fears.

Following a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. Sri Lanka, due to visit Pakistan for three ODIs and as many T20Is in September-October in 2019. Thus marking the first international action in the country in the last 18 months.

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Governing body said, 10 players chose to stay away from the series of three ODI and three T20I games, scheduled to begin on September 27 in Karachi.

The ten who opted out were Lasith Malinga, D Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal.

The tour has been seen as another step towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.

Families of several Sri Lankan players were reportedly uncomfortable with the prospect of the stars playing in Pakistan. An official source in the Pakistan Cricket Board had told Press Trust of India. Pakistan would accept whatever team the Sri Lankan board sends.

SLC said in pre-meeting, The meeting was aimed at informing the players about the security arrangements. During the forthcoming tour and also to find out their decision before selectors sit for the selection of squads for the ODI and T20I series.

Source: ZeeNews

Source: TimesofIndia