PAK-SL series will go ahead as planned -PCB
2019-09-10 at 07:26
The Pakistan Cricket Board says the refusal of 10 senior Sri Lankan players to tour Pakistan “should not make a difference”, and that the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series will be held according to schedule.
Sri Lanka Cricket last night announced that at least 10 Sri Lankan players, including ODI Captain Dimuth Karunaratne, T20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, have all pulled out of the upcoming tour of Pakistan citing security concerns.
Sri Lanka Cricket said players included in the preliminary squad were briefed on security arrangements for the six-match limited over series starting September 27 and given the freedom to decide if they wanted to travel.
It added, following the briefing, ten players “chose to stay away” from the series of three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 games, scheduled to begin on September 27 in Karachi.
In response the PCB said the latest development will not make a difference and the board has taken all steps to host the Sri Lankan players for the ODI and T20I series from the 27th of September.
The Pakistan-Sri Lanka series is scheduled to conclude on the 9th of October.
Separately, Sri Lanka is also scheduled to play two Test matches against Pakistan but the dates and the venue are yet to be announced.