Ten Sri Lankans opt out of Pakistan cricket tour over security fears

Ten Sri Lankans opt out of Pakistan cricket tour over security fears

Ten Sri Lankans opt out of Pakistan cricket tour over security fears

By / Sports News / Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:51

Ten Sri Lankan players, including T20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, have pulled out of an upcoming tour of Pakistan citing security concerns, officials said Monday.

The Sri Lanka Cricket board said in a statement that players in a preliminary squad were briefed on security arrangements for the six-match limited over series, and given the freedom to decide if they wanted to travel.

Following the briefing, ten players "chose to stay away" from the series of three One-Day Internationals and three T20 games, scheduled to begin on September 27 in Karachi, it said.

The other seven who opted out were Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne.

The tour was seen as another step towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka said he believed security would be adequate."From what they told us, I think there will be very tight security," Gunathilaka said.

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