Ten Sri Lanka players opt out of tour of Pakistan due to security concerns
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Ten Sri Lanka players, including Lasith Malinga, captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews, have opted out of the limited-overs tour of Pakistan because of security issues.
The team are expected to play three one-day internationals along with 3 Twenty20 matches out of 27 September to 9 October.
Players were permitted to determine whether to take part after a safety briefing.
Pakistan haven’t hosted on a Test since gunmen attacked Sri Lanka’s crew bus at 2009 at Lahore.
The strike left two civilians and six security personnel dead, while six players had been injured.
“The meeting was aimed at informing the players regarding the security arrangements during the forthcoming tour and also to learn their decision (either participating or not) until the selection of squads for the ODI and T20I string,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) statement stated.
Kusal Perera niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya p Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal combined T20 skipper Malinga ODI captain Karunaratne and aide Mathews.
The limited-overs leg of this series had already been brought forward in August after an agreement between the SLC and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), with 2 Tests pushed back, with initially been set to occur in October.