Sri Lankan Cricket Board has now sought help from their government to reassess the situation in Pakistan as a fresh threats loom over the players who are touring the country for a cricket tournament. The Sri Lankan Cricket Board received a warning from the Prime Minister’s office which stated the possibility of a terrorist attack on the players who will be touring to play three ODIs in Karachi, followed by as many T20Is in Lahore between September 27 and October 9. Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera & Others Pull Out of Sri Lanka Tour Of Pakistan Due to ‘Security Concerns’.
As per a media released by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, the cricketing body has been advised to take extreme care and reassess the situation before embarking the tour. The media release was shared by the official Twitter handle of the board. Prior to this, we told you Lasitha Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne were the ones who opted out of the tour.
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Update: Sri Lanka's Tour of Pakistan #PAKvSL
SLC has been advised to take extreme care, and ‘reassess’ the situation, before embarking on the Pakistan tour. https://t.co/8eYSuiWjog
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 11, 2019
Post this, Pakistani Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry blamed India for influencing the players to not play a tournament in Pakistan. However, Sri Lanka Minister Harin Fernando had rejected claims made by Pakistan. If one may recall, the Sri Lankan players were attacked by a dozen terrorist while they were on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 2009. Since then the country has not hosted a high profile tournament. The Pakistani players now play in UAE as their home ground.