Sri Lanka to rethink Pakistan tour after terror threat alert
Hours after appointing the new Squad for their Pakistan tour, Sri Lanka Cricket Board said in a statement that they need to re-evaluate their plan after receiving a terror threat alert from the Prime Minister’s Office about a possible terrorist attack threat on the team.
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SLC sought the assistance of the Sri Lankan government to carry out a reassessment of the security situation in Pakistan before the national team’s planned tour of Pakistan. The decision made after a warning that the SLC received from the Prime Minister’s Office, sent through the Ministry of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports.
“The warning highlights that the PMO has received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat to the Sri Lankan team. Therefore, SLC advised to be very careful and ‘re-evaluate’ the situation, before embarking on that tour,” a statement said on SLC’s official website, he said.
Two days before the announcement, regular captains Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Malinga wrote to Sri Lanka Cricket about their unwillingness to tour the country. Eight other first-team players have expressed similar views.
Sri Lanka plans to play three ODIS and three T20Is in Karachi and Lahore between 27 September and 9 October.