‘India threatened SL over IPL participation’
2019-09-10 at 20:07
Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry says India has threatened Sri Lanka over participation in the Indian Premier League if the players toured Pakistan later in September.
Chaudhary tweeted, “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they’ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pakistan visit. This is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities”.
The tweet comes in the wake of ten Sri Lankan players, including the captain of the Sri Lanka T20I side Lasith Malinga, opting out of the forthcoming tour of Pakistan citing security concerns.
Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday breifed the players on the security arrangements being made for the tour and were granted the freedom to decide if they wanted to be a part of the Pakistan tour.
Ten players however decided they would stay away from the tour which comprises of a three-match One-Day International series and a two-match T20 International series.
The tour is scheduled to begin on 27 September and end on 9 October.