So disappointed with Sri Lankan players pulling out of Pak tour, Says Shoaib Akhtar
Former Pakistani player Shoaib Akhtar is disappointed after 10 Sri Lankan players decided to withdraw from Pakistan’s upcoming tour in their country for the three ODI and the T20 matches. In expressing his disappointment, Akhtar reminded the islanders that Pakistan “has always been a great support for SL” cricket.
“I am very disappointed with the 10 Sri Lankan players who have withdrawn from the Tour of Pakistan. Pakistan has always been a great support for SL cricket. Recently, after (the) deadly Easter attacks on SL, our under-19 team was sent on tour there, being the first international team to volunteer,” Akhtar tweeted.
“Of course, who will forget about the 1996 World Cup when Australia and the West Indies refused to tour Sri Lanka. Pakistan sent a team combined with India to play a friendly match in Colombo. We expect reciprocity from Sri Lanka. Their board is cooperating; players should also do it,” he added.
Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne have opted out of the tour as their families were uncomfortable with the tour.
After this, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced Lahiru Thirimanne as the captain of Sri Lanka’s ODI squadron, while Dasun Shanaka will lead the team in the T20I games during the tour.
International cricket in Pakistan was put on hold after a Sri Lankan tour team in March 2009 was attacked by gunmen heading to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on the second morning of the second of the two test series.