Published: Sat, September 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sri Lanka optimistic about saving Pakistan tour

Sri Lanka optimistic about saving Pakistan tour

Both the players expressed disappointment at the pullout of 10 Sri Lankan players from the forthcoming ODI and T20 series in Karachi and Lahore.

"The Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Pakistan Government, has reaffirmed to the Sri Lankan government Pakistan's desire to provide the Sri Lankan National Team with the same level of security as that provided to a head of state", SLC Secretary Mohan De Silva stated.

The Sri Lanka team was the target of an attack during a Test match in Pakistan´s Lahore in March 2009. "The goal was really to understand the landscape, look at the plans they have in place around security and then start expressing our expectations for the safety of our players and our support staff well over two years away from when we're due to tour".

Roberts believes that their visit will go a long way in strengthening relationships with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "We have the green light from the defence ministry", de Silva said. The 47-year-old, who played 23 first-class and 18 List-A matches for New South Wales between 1994 and 1998, also revealed that things were heading in the right direction as far as tour of Pakistan is concerned.

Pakistan have assured maximum security to the touring Sri Lankan cricket team after reports of a possible terrorist threat had put the limited over series in jeopardy.

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The Sri Lankan cricket team will be departing for Pakistan on Tuesday after they were given the approval from the Defence Ministry that dismissed any threats to their safety.

The top players skipping the tour are - Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne.

Sri Lanka has already announced two squads for the three one-day internationals and the three T20 matches.

"I was in the Pakistan team when the attack took place but since than things have changed, many worldwide players have come and played in Pakistan".

A training camp is underway in Lahore as part of the preparations for Pakistan's upcoming ODI and T20I home series against Sri Lanka.

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