SLC seeks govt. support to reassess security in Pakistan

2019-09-12 at 06:23

Sri Lanka Cricket has sought the assistance of the government to conduct a ‘Reassessment’ of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the National Team’s planned tour to Pakistan.

SLC in a statement said the decision was taken following a warning, the board received from the Office of the Prime Minister, sent via the Ministry of Sports.

The board said the warning highlights that the Office of the Prime Minister received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the Sri Lankan team, while touring Pakistan.

Accordingly, the SLC has been advised to take extreme care, and ‘reassess’ the situation, before embarking on the tour.

Meanwhile, yesterday, experienced Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka were named as captains of the Sri Lanka One Day International and Twenty20 sides respectively for the tour of Pakistan.

The development comes as a number of senior players refused to leave for Pakistan citing security concerns.

Sri Lanka will be touring Pakistan from the 27th of September to the 9th of October to play three ODIs and three T20i matches.

The 15-man ODI squad and 16 players for the T20 series have been ratified by the Minister of Sports.

The announcement comes three days after Dimuth Karunaratne, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and seven other players informed Sri Lanka Cricket of their unwillingness to tour Pakistan, citing security concerns.