Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
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Sri Lankans opt out of Pakistan tour over security fears

By hosting the limited-overs series first, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had meant to prove to Sri Lanka players and officials that the nation was secure enough to host Test cricket, starting with the teams' World Test Championship matches, presently scheduled for December.

Marshal Air Goonetileke further informed that Sri Lankan players would be given the freedom to decide on either taking part or not in the forthcoming Pakistan tour. As per a release from Sri Lanka cricket, the players were given choice to choose whether they want to travel to the country or not.

As many as ten Sri Lankan players have decided not to visit Pakistan.

All three ODI matches will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Harin Fernando has also rejected playing the longer versions of the game in Pakistan and suggested the Tests be played in the UAE.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday claimed India threatened Sri Lanka players over not being able to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they travelled to Pakistan for their tour later this month.

Sri Lanka is set to visit Pakistan after almost two years to play three ODIs and three T20I matches from September 27 to October 19.

This stems from the fact that the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by armed gunmen in March 2009, which left six players injured and resulted in the deaths of six Pakistani police officers and two civilians.

The players who opted out were one-day global captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, and Thisara Perera.

But although SLC had at one stage said it had received "very positive" feedback from the security team it had sent to assess the situation in Pakistan, their players have ultimately made their own decisions.

Watch below extended HD highlights of the 2019 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka T20I series.

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