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As ever, there are few persons in Pakistan, this time it is Pakistan minister, Fawad, claims that Indians got a hand behind the reluctance of a few Sri Lankan players to play Pakistan in Pakistan. However, the Sri Lanka sports minister Harin Fernando clarified that there is no such thing as cricketers are fearing to enter Pakistan solely because of the attack made on them a decade ago.
Sri Lanka Minister Harin Fernando has rejected claims made by Pakistan Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry that India forced the players of the island nation to opt-out of their upcoming tour against the Men in Green.
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Following a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore on March 2009, a majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country.
We respect players’ decision – Harin Fernando
Citing security situations, 10 Sri Lankan players, including T20 captain Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera pulled out of an upcoming tour of Pakistan. Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne are the other players.
A day after the controversial tweet from Chaudhary, Fernando wrote, ” No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan.Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full-strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan”.
No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan.Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan
— Harin Fernando (@fernandoharin) September 10, 2019
Sri Lanka Cricket team will be touring Pakistan to play 03 ODIs and 03 T20i matches, from September 27 to October 9, but will only include players who opted to go. They have swapped the series and made an agreement that Test matches will shift to Sri Lanka, which will be part of ICC World Test Championship.
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International teams have stayed away from Pakistan over security concerns. In October 2017, Sri Lanka played a T20 match in Lahore for the first time since a terror attack near the same venue on March 2009.