Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sri Lankan Players Refuses to Play Cricket in Pakistan

Sri Lankan Players Refuses to Play Cricket in Pakistan

Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva and Akila Dananjaya have pulled out of the limited-overs tour, putting a serious question mark over worldwide cricket's unhindered return to Pakistan and also upsetting the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) plans to host the World Test Championship matches at home rather than in UAE.

The team are due to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches from 27 September to 9 October.

10 players of Sri Lankan cricket team have refused to visit Pakistan for security reasons.

Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and 10 other players have chose to withdraw from the tour of Pakistan.

Kusal Mendis was not considered for selection after he was injured in a collision with team-mate Shehan Jayasuriya during a recent T20 match against New Zealand.

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Speaking to BBC Sinhala Service, as quoted by Geo News, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Harin Fernando said that the players' families are concerned about their safety.

Sri Lanka are due to visit Pakistan for three ODIs and as many T20Is in September-October in 2019, thus marking the first worldwide action in the country in last 18 months. The Sri Lankan and Pakistan boards agreed to the limited-overs series after the former initially rejected a request to play two games of the ICC World Test Championship in Pakistan.

Despite the withdrawal of top players, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the tour will go ahead. Few players have continued to backout from Pakistan leg of Pakistan Super League as well, despite being part of the franchise in the tournament. Although Sri Lanka cricket board assured about security the cricketers are not convinced yet.

Pakistan are putting maximum efforts to get back regular cricket to Pakistan for a long period of ten years after the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players during their tour to Pakistan in 2009.

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