Sri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan in jeopardy after fresh threats
Just prior to the tour to Pakistan, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on Wednesday, said they have asked for government assistance to conduct a reassessment of the security situation in Pakistan after SLC reportedly received possible terrorist attack warning on the the team.
The board said, Prime Minister’s Office of Sri Lanka had received “reliable information of a possible terrorist threat” against the national squad before the six-match limited overs tour.
“Sri Lanka Cricket today sought the assistance of the Sri Lankan government to conduct a ‘Reassessment’ of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the national team’s planned tour to Pakistan,” SLC said in a statement.
“The decision was taken following a warning the SLC received from the Prime Minister’s Office sent via the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports,”
SLC also revealed that the Prime Minister’s Office received information of a possible ‘terrorist threat’ to the team.
“Accordingly, the warning highlights that the Prime Minister’s Office has received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat to the Sri Lankan team, while touring Pakistan. Hence, SLC has been advised to take extreme care, and ‘reassess’ the situation, before embarking on the said tour,” the statement said.
On the other hand, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated that they are not aware of any information regarding the safety of the Sri Lankan team.
“We have seen the SLC statement, but are not privy to any information or intelligence report relating to safety of the SL team,” the PCB said on Twitter.
“The PCB reiterates its commitment to provide complete safety and security to the SL side and in this relation will continue to work with the SLC.”
Sri Lanka are scheduled to tour Pakistan for a three-match ODI series and three-match T20I series, starting from September 27.