Fawad Chaudhry blame India, that India threatened Sri Lankan players to pull out of Pakistan tour
Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry blame India by saying that India threatened Sri Lankan players by not being able to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they toured Pakistan for the upcoming T20I and ODI series.
According to the details, “informed sports commentators” told Chaudhry the reason that led Sri Lankan cricketers to decide not to travel to Pakistan at the end of this month.
“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they would be expelled from IPL if they did not decline the visit to Pakistan,” Chaudhry said in a Tweet on his official Twitter account.
Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 10, 2019
“This is a cheap tactic, the jingoism of sport into space is something that we must condemn, really cheap on the part of the Indian sports authorities,” the minister added.
Previously, ten Sri Lankan players, including T20 captain Lasith Malinga and ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne, withdrew from an upcoming tour of Pakistan for security reasons.
Following a militant attack on the Sri Lanka team bus during a test match in Lahore on March 2009, most international teams have refused to tour the country of South Asia.
Sri Lanka’s cricket board SLC said national players were briefed on security arrangements for the six-match limited series of ODI and T20 and given the freedom to decide if they wanted to travel to Pakistan or not.
After the briefing, ten Sri Lankan players opted to stay away from the three-One-day International series and three T20 games, scheduled to begin on September 27, 2019, in Karachi, the governing body said.
The other eight players who opted for exclusion were Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dinesh Chandimal.
Official sources said karunaratne was most likely replaced by 30-year-old Lahiru Thirimanne as an ODI patron, while the T20 team is expected to be guided by Dasun Shanaka, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday.
The tour has been seen as another step to revive international cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.
It will be Sri Lanka’s second tour of Pakistan since the 2009 attack.
The Sri Lankan Squad tour to Pakistan for a Twenty20 international in Lahore on October 2017 with a T20 Squad that is led by Thisara Perera who decided to stay off the tour this time.
Sri Lanka also to play two test matches against Pakistan, but the dates and place have not yet announced.
Sri Lankan Sports Minister Harin Fernando refused to play Test Matches in Pakistan and suggested that the Test Matches should be playing in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan played many of its local series.