Sunday, 20 October, 2019


Sri Lanka presidential front-runner would restore relations with China - adviser

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal. | AFP Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal. | AFP
Bennie Garza | 21 September, 2019, 08:47

Sri Lanka played one T20 match against Pakistan at Lahore in October 2017.

Now, Mohan de Silva, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary has said that they are satisfied with the security arrangements that Pakistan is provided after visiting the country for a check.

The tour had been thrown into serious doubt last week after a warning of a terror attack on the Sri Lankan team was received by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister's Office.

The Sri Lanka team was the target of an attack during a Test match in Pakistan's Lahore in March 2009, with six players injured when gunmen attacked their bus.

"Pakistan's always supported SL, it never happened that we had a tour of SL & our players rested".

"I think those Sri Lankan players or foreigners who can come for the PSL matches should also tour with their national teams".

Off-spinner Ajmal, whose global career ended after the ICC questioned his bowling action, said Pakistani players never refused to go to Sri Lanka citing such reasons.

First Pakistan's federal minister for science Fawad Chaudhry had 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" calling it a "really cheap tactic" on the part of Indian sports authorities.

"(The) tour of Pakistan will go ahead as planned, following assurances given by the government of Pakistan that it will provide maximum security arrangements for the team during their entire duration of stay in Pakistan", SLC said.

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.

Ten senior players have opted out of the tour citing security concerns.

"It hurts because we have had plenty of worldwide cricket and PSL matches in Pakistan in the last two years".

Sri Lanka have already named Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka as ODI and T20 captains for the tour in place of Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Malinga.

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

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