Sri Lanka Sports Ministry rubbishes Fawad Hussain's accusations of jingoism by India

Sri Lanka Sports Ministry rubbishes Fawad Hussain's accusations of jingoism by India

Sri Lanka's Sports Minister has dismissed reports that India had coerced the Sri Lankan players to not tour Pakistan for the upcoming three-match ODI and Twenty20 worldwide series that will take place in Karachi in September.

The development marks several earlier instances when major global cricket teams have refused to tour Pakistan since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

He rejected Pakistan Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry's reasoning which was aimed at an IPL influence which prompted leading Sri Lankan players pull out of the upcoming tour. In October 2017, Sri Lanka played a Twenty20 worldwide in Lahore for the first time since a terror attack near the same venue in March 2009.

Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan to play three ODIs and three T20i matches from September 27 to October 9. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel.

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Former Sri Lanka Air Force Commander, Marshal Air Roshan Goonetileke had briefed the players about the security situation in Pakistan and the security arrangements PCB plans undertake during Sri Lanka team's tour.

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.

Clearing the air Fernando revealed that the 10 players who chose to opt out of the tour took the decision "purely" based on the 2009 incident when their team bus was attacked by terrorist which left eight people dead and several others injured.

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 Sri Lankan cricket board had given the freedom to its players to choose if they want to travel to Pakistan. The tour was seen as another step towards reviving global cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.

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