Sri Lanka skipper pulls out of Pakistan tour citing security reasons

Wednesday, 18 Oct, 2017

The foreign secretary highlighted the enormous goodwill for Sri Lanka in Pakistan, which continues to encourage both the countries to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed that the Sri Lankan team will be visiting Lahore for the last T20I of their three-match series on October 29. The board officials had also stated earlier that Sri Lanka's players had been promised the same level of security afforded to the World XI team in September, and that the ICC was also willing to send its match officials to Pakistan.

The attacks, which left eight people dead and seven visiting players and their staff injured, forced worldwide teams to stay away from Pakistan over security fears.

Earlier, 40 players, including most in the current squad, had given a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket board (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala expressing their unwillingness to travel to Lahore.

Dropped twice - on 13 and 20 - Tharanga waged a lone battle as Sri Lanka needed 51 off the last five overs but the last two batsmen were run out and he was left stranded. Had they not come down, I am not too sure whether Kenya and Zimbabwe would have honoured their World Cup fixtures.

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The president has previously said there could be no deal without those security reassurances. Pelosi, who received the immigration principles on Sunday, reacted with dismay.

Despite the joint Indo-Pak team playing against the Sri Lankans, Australia and West Indies both forfeited their matches in the country. "SLC is expected to tell [chief of selectors] Graeme [Labrooy] what the next step forward is", Gurusinha said.

"SLC will be speaking to the players to find the best way to handle it".

"SLC has already announced that we will tour Lahore". We are flying in and flying out.

But a World XI squad comprising 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations played in Lahore last month, with Pakistan hoping the visit would help end years of worldwide isolation. There are lots of positives taking place. "The security has been cleared". That's what SLC is very interested in.