Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja was very critical of Sri Lanka cricketers once they chose to opt out to the forthcoming Pakistan series because of safety concerns. T20I skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are amongst the player who’ve pulled out of the excursion. This is the first time Sri Lanka are visiting Pakistan for a complete tour since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. Disappointing! And couple of these opting instead to play with franchise cricket. Wow!”
Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said in a tweet that India has threatened the players in the island country against participating in the upcoming series.
“Informed sports commentators explained that India threatened SL players that they’ll be ousted from IPL if they do not deny Pak see, this is truly cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we have to condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports governments,” Chaudhry tweeted.
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Sri Lanka Minister Harin Fernando has rejected claims made by Pakistan Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry which India forced the players of the island country to opt out of the forthcoming tour against the Men in Green.
Fernando, who is Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister, said that 10 players have chosen out of their tour”purely” based on the 2009 episode when their team bus had been attacked by terrorist that left eight people dead and many others injured.
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“No truth to reports that India affected Sri Lankan players to not play in Pakistan. Some chose not to play only according to 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we chose players who were ready to travel. We’ve got a full strength team and we expect to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,” he tweeted Tuesday night.
T20I skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are one of the participant who’ve pulled out of the excursion.