Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Skipper Lahiru Thirimanne wants to focus on cricket rather than security

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka will play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is from September 27 to October 9. Several top SL cricketers including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews have opted out of this series
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Skipper Lahiru Thirimanne wants to focus on cricket rather than securityPakistan vs Sri Lanka: Skipper Lahiru Thirimanne wants to focus on cricket rather than security
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Ahead of the first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Karachi, stand-in skipper Lahiru Thirimanne said that his side should focus cricket rather than worry about the security.

He said, "Yeah, the security has been really good. It is first class. We did not have any problems. The facility is really good. The focus should be on cricket rather than the security. The boys are really focused and ready to go."

Pakistan will be hosting the first ODI at home after four years. This series got the nod after the International Cricket Council (ICC) was satisfied with the security in the country.

Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC) had sought the assistance of the country's government for a reassessment of the security situation in Pakistan. It had said the decision was taken following a warning the SLC received from the Prime Minister's Office sent via the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports regarding a possible terrorist threat to the team while touring Pakistan.

Earlier, 9 top Sri Lankan players had opted out of this series citing security reasons.

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

Sri Lankan team was earlier attacked by gunmen when they were on their way to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan in 2009. These terrorists were believed to be from Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ). This attack left eight people dead and seven of Sri Lanka's players and support staffs injured.

Currently, with both the sides happy with the security they are expected to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is between September 27 and October 9.

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