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Ramiz Raja slams Sri Lankan cricketers for pulling out of Pakistan tour

Ramiz Raja took to Twitter to slam the 10 Sri Lankan players who have pulled out of the tour of Pakistan later this month citing security concerns.

T20 skipper Lasith Malinga is one of the 10 Sri Lanka players who have pulled out of the Pakistan tour (AP Photo)

T20 skipper Lasith Malinga is one of the 10 Sri Lanka players who have pulled out of the Pakistan tour (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 10 Sri Lankan players have decided against travelling to Pakistan due to security concerns
  • Sri Lanka are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in Karachi from September 25
  • PAK has not hosted a high-profile team for a full length tour ever since the terrorist attack on SL team bus in 2009

Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja slammed Sri Lankan cricketers who have opted out of the upcoming tour to Pakistan citing security concerns but at the same time have agreed to feature in franchise cricket instead.

Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are among 10 players who have decided against travelling to Pakistan, where Sri Lanka are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in Karachi from September 25.

Pakistan had been an isolated destination for international cricket since the 2009 terrorist attack in which gunmen targetted a Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore, leaving several cricketers injured.

“Don’t know what to read into 10 Sri Lankan players pulling out of Pak tour. Disappointing! And couple of them then opting instead to play franchise cricket. Wow!” Ramiz Raja tweeted.

Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne have opted out of tour while Kusal Mendis was not available for selection due to an injury.

Families of several Sri Lankan players were reportedly uncomfortable with the prospect of the stars playing in Pakistan. However, An official source in the Pakistan Cricket Board had told Press Trust of India that Pakistan would accept whatever team the Sri Lankan board sends.

Pakistan have not hosted a high-profile team for a full length tour ever since the terrorist attack in 2009. The Sri Lankan team had come down to Lahore for a day to play a lone T20I match in October, 2017 while the ICC World Eleven and West Indies have also played short T20 series in Pakistan in the last two years.

Sri Lanka are also expected to take a decision on whether to play the Tests in December in Pakistan or in the UAE.

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