Shoaib Akhtar disappointed in 10 SL players

2019-09-12 at 12:18

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has expressed disappointment after 10 Sri Lankan players have decided to pull out of their country’s upcoming tour of Pakistan for the three ODIs and as many T20I matches.

Expressing his disappointment, Akhtar reminded the islanders as how Pakistan has “always been a huge support for SL cricket”.

Akhtar tweeted “So disappointed with the 10 Sri Lankan players who have pulled out of Pakistan tour. Pakistan has always been a huge support for SL cricket. Recently after (the) deadly Easter Attacks in SL, our under-19 team was sent on tour there, being the first international team to volunteer”.

He also recalled how during the 1996 World Cup when Australia and the West Indies refused to tour Sri Lanka, Pakistan sent a combined team with India to play a friendly match in Colombo.

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 the tour as their families were reportedly uncomfortable with the tour.