Sri Lanka Cricket says received terror attack warning ahead of Pakistan tour

Ross Houston
September 11, 2019

Legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar took to social media to express disappointment after several players including pacer Lasit Malinga, former captain Angelo Mathews and current skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, among others, chose to not partake in the upcoming series in Pakistan.

In the meantime, Fawad Hussain, a Pakistani minister, hurled allegations at India for threatening Sri Lanka. "We have a full strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan".

"It's our policy not to give NOCs when there is a national tour, and the players would have known that", Sri Lanka Cricket Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ashley de Silva said.

Sri Lanka is scheduled to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 worldwide matches in Pakistan between September 27 and October 9 and 10 key Lankan players have already opted out of the series citing security concerns.

"Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident". Following a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009, a majority of global teams have refused to tour the South Asian country. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel.

"The PCB understands and respects it is the prerogative of Sri Lanka Cricket to select the best available players for the upcoming tour for white-ball cricket".

Hussain, infamous for making ridiculous statements, said in a tweet, "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".

"Pakistan sent a combined team with India to play a friendly match in Colombo". We expect reciprocation from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20I matches against Pakistan in Pakistan between September 27 and October 9. Pakistan had been an isolated destination for global cricket since the 2009 terrorist attack in which gunmen targeted a Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore, leaving several cricketers injured.

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