Pakistan tour in doubt as Sri Lanka Cricket fears terror attack

“We have seen the statement but are not privy to any intelligence report relating to safety of the team.” — APP  File

“We have seen the statement but are not privy to any intelligence report relating to safety of the team.” — APP File

He rejected Pakistan Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry's reasoning which was aimed at an IPL influence which prompted leading Sri Lankan players pull out of the upcoming tour.

Miandad, who played for Pakistan in Tests and ODIs between 1975 and 1996, said Pakistani players need to be consistent in their performances. Some decided not to play purely based on the 2009 incident.

After this, Chaudhry, who is Pakistan's Science and Technology Minister, said India threatened the players from Sri Lanka that if they travel to Pakistan, they would lose their IPL contracts.

The Islanders have agreed to visit Pakistan as the host try to bring cricket back to their country.

The PCB issued its own statement following the Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) press release, wherein the latter announced it would reassess the security situation in Pakistan after receiving a warning from its Prime Minister's office of a "possible terrorist threat".

Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya and Suranga Lakmal - on Monday made a decision to give the series, which includes three T20Is and three ODIs, a miss due to security reasons.

Sri Lanka's top players, including T20I skipper Lasith Malinga, and former captains Angelo Mathews besides Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella, have opted out of the tour starting September 27 to Pakistan, following a security briefing with the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.

Pakistan did not host worldwide cricket for six years following the 2009 attack, with the team playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates, but have hosted teams such as Zimbabwe and West Indies in recent years.

There has been no global cricket in Pakistan since 2009, when the Sri Lanka team was attacked by gunmen on their way to the ground in Lahore. We expect reciprocation from Sri Lanka.

Though, the security situation in Pakistan is far from being completely normal even after the 2009 attack.

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