Ten Sri Lanka players including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews opt out of Pakistan tour

Several top Sri Lanka players have pulled out of the upcoming Pakistan tour citing security reasons
Ten Sri Lanka players including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews opt out of Pakistan tourTen Sri Lanka players including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews opt out of Pakistan tour
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Pakistan will suffer a big blow as it looks to bring International cricket action back in the country. Sri Lanka were scheduled to play 3 ODIs, 3T20Is between September 27 and October 9. Now, 10 top Sri Lanka players have opted out of the upcoming Pakistan tour citing security reasons. This decision was taken by Sri Lanka cricket after a meeting with the players of the National team.

T20 skipper 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.

The last time when an international game was held in Pakistan was way back in 2009. At that time, several gunmen targeted the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore, which left several players injured.

However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that it would accept whatever decision the Sri Lankan board takes.

"Technically it is an internal matter of the Sri Lankan board so we can’t comment on it. But the bottom line is that the tour is on from 25th September and we are making all preparations to host them in Karachi and Lahore."

On the other hand, the Sri Lankan board has said that it has given full freedom for its players to chose.

"Sri Lanka Cricket today held a meeting with players, who were chosen as part of a preliminary squad to select the team, which will be touring Pakistan to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, starting from 27th September to 09th October 2019," an official Sri Lanka Cricket statement read.

"Former Sri Lanka Air Force Commander, Marshal Air Roshan Goonetileke, who is the Chief Security Advisor of the SLC, briefed the players about the security situation in Pakistan and the security arrangements PCB plans on implementing during Sri Lanka's tour of that country, whilst Chairman of the National Selection Panel Mr. Asantha De Mel, explained about the selection policy for future tours."

"He said, players will be given the freedom to decide on either taking part or not in the forthcoming Pakistan tour. He said, players will be given the freedom to decide on either taking part or not in the forthcoming Pakistan tour."

Sri Lanka are also expected to take a call on whether they will play the Tests in December in Pakistan or in the UAE.

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