Sri Lankan players opt out of Pak tour:
Rameez Raja, the former Pakistani cricketer slammed the Sri Lankan cricketers who have opted out for the tour of Pakistan.the 10 regular Sri Lankan players opted out of the tour including skippers Malinga, Karunaratne and former captains Chandimal, Angelo Mathews. this is the first full tour to Pakistan since the attack of 2009.
No NOC for SL players:
“Don’t know why to look into 10 Sri Lankan players pulling out of Pak tour. Disappointing! And a couple of them opting instead to play CPL cricket. Wow!” Ramiz Raja claimed in a tweet. but Sri Lankan cricket board didn’t give the NOC to Dickwella who wanted to play in the cpl.the board also called back Thesara Perera to attend the training camp from 15th Sept.
Pakistan Minister Comments on India:
After the report that top Sri Lankan cricketers are going to pull out of the tour. Pakistani Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry tweeted that India is threatening the Lankan player to opt-out of the tour.
“Some of the sports commentators told me that India threatened Sri Lankan players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really a cheap strategy patriotism from sports to space is something we must criticize, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Chaudhry had his say with this tweet.
Although, Sri Lankan minister Harin Fernando had refused the claims made by Fawad Hussain Chaudhry. “There is no truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan. Some were determined not to play purely based on the 2009 incident. Respect the decision of the players who were willing to travel. We have a well-balanced team so that we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,” Harin Fernando tweeted on Tuesday night.
Sri Lanka have already announced the squad on Wednesday to the tour of Pakistan. But Sri Lankan cricket board is going to re-verify the security in Pakistan for the upcoming series. The tour is going to underway from 27th of September.