Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is, Beginning from September 27 to October 9.
Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and eight other Sri Lankan players have opted to pull from an forthcoming tour of Pakistan citing safety concerns, officials said Monday. The other major player who has opted out of this tour is former skipper Thisara Perera, who led the Sri Lanka team which toured Pakistan in 2017. This has come as a setback for Pakistan Cricket Board’s attempts to revive cricket in Pakistan following a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in a Test match in Lahore in March 2009.
After the attack, the vast majority of global teams have refused to tour the South Asian nation citing safety issues, forming Pakistan to play their home games in United Arab Emirates.
The Sri Lanka Cricket board said in a statement that gamers in a preliminary group were briefed on security arrangements for the six-match limited over series, and given the freedom to choose if they wanted to travel.
After the briefing, ten players”decided to keep away” in the collection of three One-Day Internationals and three T20 games, scheduled to start on September 27 in Karachi, it said.
The tour has been viewed as another step towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.
Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka stated he thought security would be adequate.
“From what they told us, I believe there’ll be very tight security,” Gunathilaka stated.
The Sri Lankans returned to Pakistan for a Twenty20 international in Lahore in October 2017 when Perera headed the group. This time, he’s chosen to stay away.
Sri Lanka are also to play two Test matches against Pakistan, but the dates and the venue are yet to be declared.
Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Harin Fernando has rejected playing with the more versions of the game in Pakistan and suggested the Tests be played at the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan have played many of the home collection.