Sri Lanka name depleted squads for Pakistan tour

  • Sri Lanka name depleted squads for Pakistan tour

Sri Lanka name depleted squads for Pakistan tour

Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka were named Sri Lanka's one-day global and Twenty20 worldwide captains respectively for the upcoming tour of Pakistan after 10 players opted out of the series over security reasons.

Following this, Pakistan minister Fawad Hussain alleged India had influenced their decision. Last month, the security delegations gave a positive feedback to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) following which the tour was finalised. He said that "informed sports commentators" had informed him the Sri Lankan players were confronted by Indian authorities and were told they would be excluded from the IPL if they went to play in Pakistan.

Fernando reaction comes in the response to Pakistan Science and Technology Minister Hussain's remarks that Sri Lankan cricket players opted out from the Pak tour after India threatened to oust them from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals during their 13-day tour to Pakistan, which will take place under a heavy security blanket. "Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel", he added.

The other players who chose not to play were Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal.

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. He was clear cut in saying that the reports of India influencing Sri Lanka over the worldwide games are completely baseless.

That attack left eight people dead and seven Sri Lanka players and staff injured.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), however, said the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series would be held according to schedule, and that "it should not make a difference if senior [Sri Lankan] players come or not". It is being considered another step towards the return of worldwide cricket in Pakistan.