Sri Lankan captain declares Pakistan ‘200%’ safe
By the time cricketing nations persistently refusing to tour Pakistan citing security reasons, Sri Lankan captain, after finishing the series, declared the country as more than safe and sound to play on.
Despite losing the series quite badly, Sri Lanka seemed contented with the security measurements as the captain of the island nation made promises to return.
“It was 200 percent,” said Dimuth Karunaratne. “The security was really good. They were like fathers for us. They kept talking to us and they were right behind us every time.
He also described how they felt safe and sound in everywhere they go in Pakistan.
“When we were going out to eat or something, they were there. We were feeling secure and safe here. They’ve done a really good job. Pakistan fans are really good – they kept supporting us,”
“What I can say is that it’s really safe here and that all the other countries playing cricket – they can come and play tests, T20s or one-dayers – it’s safe to play in Pakistan,” he added.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali was also joyous securing the series win at homecoming.
The hosts recorded a 263-run win in the second Test and then they visited the opponent dressing room to convey their gratitude for the visit.
“It’s a great occasion for happiness for all of us that we won the series,” Azhar said.
“It carried great importance and was very significant because we were playing our first home Test series.”
It was the first Test series in Pakistan since March 3, 2009 when unknown gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore on 3 March 2009. The incident saw six policemen and two civilians died including several Sri Lanka players and coaches left injured.