Sri Lankan players opt out of tour with Pakistan, Malinga one of them


Colombo | Ten Sri Lankan players, including T20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, have pulled out of an upcoming tour of Pakistan citing security concerns, officials said Monday.

The team are due to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches from 27 September to 9 October.

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“The meeting was aimed at informing the players about the security arrangements during the forthcoming tour and also to find out their decision (either taking part or not) before the selection of squads for the ODI and T20I series,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) statement said.

In 2009, a Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked in Lahore. The attack left two civilians and six security personnel dead, while six players were injured. The island country has refused to play in Pakistan ever since.

Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal joined ODI captain Karunaratne, T20 skipper Malinga and former captain Mathews in choosing not to be part of the tour.

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