Safety of Sri Lanka players is assured in Pakistan: SLC secretary
In the latest development, Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva has reassured that the squad will be flying to Pakistan for the T20 and ODI series after Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry gave them the approval. Previously, information of a possible terrorist attack surfaced on social media which had put the whole tour in doubt.
The Sri Lankan cricket team will be jetting off to Pakistan on Tuesday after they were given the green light from the Defence Ministry that dismissed any threats to their safety.
The team is scheduled to play three ODIs in Karachi, with the first one scheduled for the 27th of September, before playing three T20Is in Lahore to finally end the tour on October 9.
“We have the green light from the defence ministry,” Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva was quoted as saying by AFP, reported Sportstar.
Everything was going well smoothly as planned before the nation’s Prime Minister had warned the Board of information they had received of a possible terrorist attack during the tour.
However, Pakistan Cricket Board had denied having received any information of such threats to the player’s safety, but following this, 10 players from Sri Lanka squad withdrew out of fear.
Last time when Sri Lanka had been to Pakistan for an assignment, their team bus had been assaulted and had resulted in the death of 6 Pakistan policemen and a couple of civilians.
“The tour is on as we planned. I myself and our office bearers will also be accompanying the team,” de Silva said.
He had earlier visited Pakistan last month along with a team of security officials in a bid to check security arrangements and to ensure that the players won’t be risking their safety if they proceed ahead with the tour.
“They have promised security reserved for a head of state,” de Silva added.