Sri Lanka Cricket Board says it has received terror threats ahead of Pakistan tour starting September 27

Several top Sri Lanka cricketers including Lasith Malinga will not travel to Pakistan
Sri Lanka Cricket Board says it has received terror threats ahead of Pakistan tour starting September 27Sri Lanka Cricket Board says it has received terror threats ahead of Pakistan tour starting September 27
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Sri Lanka Cricket Board has said on Wednesday that it had received warnings and its national side could be the target of terror attacks during the upcoming tour of Pakistan tour which is scheduled to commence from September 27. Earlier, several top Sri Lankan players including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews have opted out of the tour citing security reasons.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister's Office had received "reliable information of a possible terrorist threat" against the national squad ahead of the series.

On the other hand, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it was not aware of any information relating to the safety of the Sri Lankan team.

On Twitter, the PCB said, "We have seen the SLC statement, but are not privy to any information or intelligence report relating to safety of the SL team."

"The PCB reiterates its commitment to provide complete safety and security to the SL side and in this relation will continue to work with the SLC."  

In 2009, Sri Lanka's team bus was the target of terror attacks which left six players injured. Since then, other top international teams have refused to tour Pakistan citing security reasons.

Sri Lanka Cricket Board have already announced the squads for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is starting September 27. But, it has given the players full freedom to chose whether they would like to be part of the tour or not.

Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Matthews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal are among the players to have opted out.

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