Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jaysuriya said Sri Lankan government will seriously consider sending its cricket team to Pakistan as Sri Lanka government thinks Pakistan is fully safe for international matches. The statement of Jayasuriya is crucial as he is the deputy minister of Provincial Council Sri Lanka.
Jayasuriya visited different part of Pakistan being analyst for a state run TV channels during the recently concluded Pakistan – Sri Lanka series. “I have visited different places of Pakistan and found it safe and secure,” Jayasuriya, told Daily Times, a news website of Pakistan.
The legendry left handed batsman visited different entertaining and recreational spots of Pakistan, including Murree and Nathiagali and enjoyed the pleasant weather of the country.
After visting Pakistan Jayasuriya said Pakistani media, “not only cricket but other international sports ativities should also reture to Pakistan.”
Jayasuriya’s statement came at a time when ICC President recent Zaheer Abbas said “the time will come when our neighbours will come. I am hoping especially that Sri Lanka should come” while visiting Sri Lanka during the bilateral series between the two countries.
When BCCI snapped all ties with PCB following the Gurudaspur terrorist attack in Punjab, the statement of Sanath Jayasuriya is crucial for Pakistan as Sri Lanka may play Pakistan on the host’s soil itself.
As per Jayasuriya’s observation Pakistan is quite normal and there was nothing to worry about now. He also said, “Pakistan is a peace-loving country. People here are loving and caring. They love peace; they love sports.”
Since 2009 after the deadly attack on Sri Lankan team bus Pakistan has seen six years of cricket dry. The series cancelled immediately after the attack. In May Zimbabwe visited Pakistan that broke the deadlock. No country has showed interest about Pakistan tour. The Pakistan Cricket Board recently said they are trying to convince Sri Lanka, Ireland and the Netherlands to tour country next year.