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Ramiz Raja slams Sri Lanka cricketers for opting out of Pakistan series

Ramiz Raja slams Sri Lanka cricketers for opting out of Pakistan series”

The players who opted out of the series are - Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne.

Sri Lanka on Tuesday rejected Pakistan minister Fawad Hussain's claims that India had influenced its players in opting out of the upcoming Pak tour and said that the cricketers' decision was "purely based" on the 2009 incident.

KARACHI: The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has announced that it will reassess the security situation in Pakistan after the board has received a warning from its PM Office of a possible attack on team.

Hours after the squads were announced for the upcoming tour, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a press release that the security situation in Pakistan is being reassessed with help from the Lankan government. Some decided not to play purely based on the 2009 incident.

The Sri Lankan cricket team was scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on September 25 to play a series of three one-day global (ODIs) matches in Karachi and three Twenty20 matches (T20Is) in Lahore.

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According to Chaudhry, India had threatened to remove Sri Lanka's players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they didn't refuse to play in Pakistan. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. Last month, the security delegations gave a positive feedback to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) following which the tour was finalised.

"The PCB understands and respects it is the prerogative of Sri Lanka Cricket to select the best available players for the upcoming tour for white-ball cricket".

In 2009 the Sri Lankan cricket team came under attack during their Lahore visit in which six players suffered injuries.

Sri Lanka will play a three-match ODI series and three-match T20I Series during the tour and would then return to Pakistan in December for the Test series which would be part of the ICC World Test Championship.

"The warning highlights that the Prime Minister's Office has received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the Sri Lankan team while touring Pakistan".



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