Sri Lankan sports minister responds to Pakistan minister’s statement on India

Sri Lankan sports minister denied the statement made by Pakistan minister that India played a part in Sri Lankan players’ refusal to tour Pakistan.

Pakistan are putting their maximum effort to bring the regular International cricket to Pakistan as it was before 10 years. As a part of this, a proposed series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is in the talks now.

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Ahead of the tour ten Sri Lankan players including some big names like Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga opted out themselves out of the tour due to security concerns. Pakistan minister Fawad Hussain blamed India for the decision made by the Lankan players, relating the IPL contracts.

“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they’ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is a really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” He quoted on his official Twitter handle.

Sri Lankan sports minister Harin Fernando reacted to the claim made by the Pakistan minister and denied his statement as India didn’t have any influence on the decision made by the Sri Lankan players.

“No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan. Some decided not to play purely based on the 2009 incident,” said Fernando. Further, the sports minister added that they are respecting the decisions made by those players regarding the tour.

Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full-strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,” he added.

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