Most Sri Lankan cricketers decide not to tour Pakistan

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board held a meeting with cricketers who were chosen as part of a preliminary squad to select the team which will be touring Pakistan to play 03 ODIs and 03 T20i matches, starting from 27th September to 09th October, 2019.

The meeting was aimed at informing the players about the security arrangements during the forthcoming tour and also to find out if they are willing to take part or not, before selectors sit for the selection of squads for the ODI and T20i series.

Former Sri Lanka Air Force Commander, Marshal Air Roshan Goonetileke, who is the Chief Security Advisor of the SLC, briefed the players about the security situation in Pakistan and the security arrangements PCB plans on implementing during Sri Lanka team’s tour of that country, whilst Chairman of the National Selection Panel Asantha De Mel, explained about the selection policy for future tours.

He said players will be given the freedom to decide on either taking part or not in the forthcoming Pakistan tour.

Accordingly several players chose to stay away from the upcoming Pakistan series.

They are  Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne.

Kusal Mendis is not available for selection due to an injury he suffered during the New Zealand Series.

Following the meeting with the players, the National Selectors, selected a T20i and ODI squad to tour Pakistan and the respective squads will be sent for the approval of the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Harin Fernando in due course.