“I don’t think PCB have made money from this series” – Gunathilaka
Sri Lankan opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka impresses with the hospitality of Pakistan and says that it has been a privilege to play in Pakistan as they have left know no bounds to ensure the security of Sri Lankan players.
He also said that even Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) didn’t earn anything from this series rather they expensed a lot. “The hospitality is stunning; they cared for us quite well and we must be grateful. I don’t think they [PCB] even profited from these games. We can perceive the amount they spent, with the air terminals blocked and the army involved and putting such huge numbers of helicopters in the sky.
“I don’t think PCB have made money from this series. This is ridiculous for a nation like Pakistan. We feel extremely pitiful for them. I found over the most recent couple of weeks how hard they’ve worked. In view of that one occurrence, no team wants to come to Pakistan. In Sri Lanka, 300 individuals died recently in a terror attack; what might occur if every team said they would not like to come to Sri Lanka? It occurred in New Zealand as well, it can happen anyplace,” the all-rounder said.
The 28-year old Gunathilaka also confirmed that the board had given the players total independency about whether they want to come to Pakistan or not. “The board gave us complete freedom. They just asked us if we wanted to be here. We had a meeting; 25-30 players were there. They just asked in front from everybody, and we needed to state yes or no. They didn’t create any pressure on us. The board and the (sports) minister said they trusted it was alright to go, and we should believe that guidance. In any case, they respected the players’ choices,” Gunathilaka said.
Sri Lanka played three-match ODI series and three-match T20I series in Pakistan where they lost the ODI series by 2-0 but won the T20I series whitewashing Pakistan by 3-0.