No ‘NOC’ for players who reject Pakistan tour

2019-09-10 at 13:10

Sri Lanka Cricket says domestic players who boycott national team’s assignments will not be allowed to participate in international tournaments.

When inquired by NewsRadio, a senior SLC spokesperson said No Objection Certificates (NOC) will not be given to players who refuse to travel to Pakistan later this month.

Accordingly, players are unlikely to receive NOCs to participate in the on-going Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Yesterday, ten national cricketers including One Day International skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga opted out of touring Pakistan later this month.

Sri Lanka Cricket held a meeting with the players named in preliminary squad to tour Pakistan to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20I matches, starting from 27th September to 09th October.

Following the meeting the 10 Sri Lankan seniors rejected the tour proposal citing security reason. Accordingly, SLC has named two new squads to take on Pakistan during the series.

According to sources, two separate captains have been named to lead the ODI and T20 squads.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said 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.

The ODI and T20I series against Pakistan will be worked off from the 27th of September to the 9th of October.