The focus should be on cricket rather than security, says Thirimanne
Before the first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Karachi, Sri Lankan Skipper Lahiru Thirimanne said that the focus should be on the cricket rather than the security.
“Yes, Security has been excellent. It’s first class. Not had any problems. The installation is perfect. The focus should be on cricket rather than security. The kids are focused and ready to go.” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Thrimanne saying.
“We have many young people. Most of them are under 25, have played much domestic cricket and have represented Sri Lanka before. Have no pressure are fresh. We have a good chance if we play our potential, ” he added.
Pakistan is organizing its first ODI in more than four years.
Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that the tour of the cricket team of Sri Lanka for Pakistan would continue as planned after the first satisfied with the security in the country.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) requested the assistance of the government of the country to reassess the security situation in Pakistan.
Had said that the decision taken after a warning that the SLC received from the Office of the Prime Minister sent through the Ministry of Telecommunications, Employment in the Foreign and Sports about a possible terrorist threat to the team while driving through Pakistan.
On 9 September, ten Sri Lankan players decided not to join the series in Pakistan, for security reasons.
The players that chose not to participate were: Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, and Akila Dhananjaya.
The Sri Lankan team headed to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for a Test match with Pakistan in 2009 when terrorists believed to be Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) fired indiscriminately at their bus. That attack left eight people dead and injured seven Sri Lankan players and staff.
Since then, international cricket has eluded Pakistan without a high-profile team to visit the country for a long-term Tour.
However, Sri Lanka returned to Pakistan in October 2017 for solitary T20 combat in Lahore, the site of the attack.
The party will face Pakistan in three ODI and most T20I.
The squad’s ODI Sri Lanka: Minod Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kas, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Thirimanne (capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, and Dasun Shanaka.
The first ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will play later today.