10 Lankan players refuse to tour Pakistan citing security concerns
Sri Lankan Captain Lasith Malinga and nine other players on Monday pulled out of the upcoming tour to Pakistan citing security concerns. The decision was taken after a meeting organized by Sri Lanka Cricket with players of the team.
Senior players Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne have opted out of the game.
Sri Lanka had a bilateral series in Pakistan and was required to play 3 ODIs and Twenty20 internationals between September 27 and October 9.
The Sri Lanka Cricket board said in a statement that players in a preliminary squad were briefed on security arrangements for the six-matches limited over series, and given the freedom to decide if they wanted to travel.
A statement by the SLCB read, “Following the meeting with the players, the National Selectors, selected a T20 and ODI squad to tour Pakistan, and the respective squads will be sent to the approval of the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando in due course.”