Ten Sri Lankan cricketers opt out of Pakistan tour over security fears

Sri Lanka are due to tour Pakistan to play three one-day internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 matches to be held between September 27 and October 9 and the board held a meeting with the players to discuss security arrangements for the tour.

Sri Lanka are slated to play three ODIs in Karachi on September 27, 29 and October 3, and as many T20Is in Lahore on October 5, 7 and 9 during the tour, before returning in December for the Test series that will be a part of the World Test Championship.

He said, players will be given the freedom to decide on either taking part or not in the forthcoming Pakistan tour.

In 2017, Sri Lankan cricketers played a single T20 match in Lahore despite a number of high profile pull-outs that had forced the authorities to send a weakened team under Thisara Perera for the three-match series.

Roshan Gunathilaka, the Sri Lanka Cricket security adviser and former air force chief, briefed the players on the security situation in Pakistan, and the security arrangements made by the PCB.

Dealing yet another blow to Pakistan's hopes of resuming global cricket, the big names from Sri Lanka have decided against visiting the country due to security reasons.

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.

Watch below extended HD highlights of the 2019 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka T20I series. Since then only Zimbabwe, West Indies and Sri Lanka have visited Pakistan in addition to a World XI side.

After the limited over series, Sri Lanka will play two Test matches against Pakistan, but the dates and the venue are yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Harin Fernando has also rejected playing the longer versions of the game in Pakistan and suggested the Tests be played in the UAE.

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