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Pakistan minister blames India for Sri Lankan cricketers’ tour refusal

Sri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan is scheduled to begin on 27 September and end on 9 October.

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Pakistan minister blames India for Sri Lankan cricketers' tour refusal
Ten top Sri Lankan cricketers refused to tour Pakistan. Photo: ESPNCricinfo

Pakistan Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain, on Tuesday, said that Sri Lankan cricketers refused to tour Pakistan for the reason of India’s threat of removing them from the Indian Premier League.

As many as ten Sri Lankan cricketers including the likes of T20 skipper Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews, refused to tour Pakistan for an upcoming series citing security concerns.

In a tweeter handle, Pak minister Fawad Hussain said, “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities (sic)”.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) arranged a meeting with the players informing them about the security measures prevailing in Pakistan before the selectors sit for the selection of squads.

“The meeting was aimed at informing the players about the security arrangements during the forthcoming tour and also to find out their ‘decision’ (either taking part or not) before… the selection of squads for the ODI and T20I series,” SLC said in a statement.

The other players who refused to tour Pakistan include Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal, and Dimuth Karunaratne.

The tour is scheduled to begin on 27 September and end on 9 October.

This will be Sri Lanka’s second tour of Pakistan since the 2009 terror attack in the Sri Lankan team bus.

The Sri Lankans returned to Pakistan for a Twenty20 international in Lahore in October 2017.


 

 

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