Ten Sri Lanka players have selected not participate in their state’s forthcoming tour of Pakistan because of security concerns.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have verified ten opted not to attend the excursion, including Test and one-day skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews.
Sri Lanka are expected to perform three ODIs and three T20 matches across September and October, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) affirmed the tour would go ahead regardless.
As part of the World Test Championship in December,” Pakistan hope to sponsor their very first Test on home soil since a 2009 attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore which saw 2 civilians and six safety staff murdered and six players.
SLC security adviser briefed on the security situation in the country the gamers and given the liberty to decide whether to proceed – Suranga Lakmal was on this team bus but ten’ve retreated.
The other players opting out were Kusal Perera Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal, together with Kusal Mendis inaccessible due to injury.
The PCB said:”We know and respect the prerogative of all SLC to pick the best available players for the upcoming tour.
“Just as we are concerned, the excursion is around and we anticipate welcoming the Sri Lanka group in Karachi later this month.”
Both institutions agreed last month to bring forward the split series’ limited-overs leg and push the two evaluations, initially set to take place in October.
Together with the team playing home matches in the United Arab Emirates pakistan failed to sponsor international cricket for six years following the 2009 assault, but they’ve hosted teams such as West Indies and Zimbabwe lately.