Top Sri Lanka players absence should not matter, says Javed Miandad

Top Sri Lanka players absence should not matter to Pakistan, says Javed Miandad

The last-minute withdrawal of Sri Lanka best and top players from the Tour of Pakistan should not affect the series, former Pakistani captain Javed Miandad feels.

Ten players from the Sri Lanka preliminary team have chosen to stay out due to safety concerns. Of those who have decided to skip the tour featuring three T20I and three ODI, the notable names include Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and captain Dimuth Karunaratne. Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya and Suranga Lakmal have also decided to miss the series.

Sri Lanka will play three one-day Internationals and as many T20s in Karachi and Lahore, respectively, with the first ODI on 27 September.

“No matter which Sri Lankan players visit and Pakistan you should only look to present your best performances, regardless of the quality of the visitors’ team,” Miandad, quoted by Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper on Monday, said.

He urged Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to take strict action on players who prioritize the Foreign T20 Leagues over international duty.

“International matches should be the top priority for players and SLC must penalize those who have opted out of the Pakistan series,” said the 62-year-old.

Miandad believes the series will help Pakistan start its international cricket schedule well. “This will help them improve their mindset,” Miandad said.

He also suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should use the services of former players to work with budding players. “A player after reaching the national team cannot learn in the same way as a young man,” he said.

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