“The security has been perfect”- SL coach Rumesh Ratnayake on Pakistan
Sri Lanka coach Rumesh Ratnayake praises Pakistan for a successful tour after long time and he also ensures that they have been treated with great hospitality throughout the whole tour.
After a big gap of 10 years, Sri Lanka had visited Pakistan recently. They had played three match ODI series and three match T20I series. This had been the first visit for a foreign team in Pakistan for about fourteen days in the wake of assaulting the Sri Lankan team transport on the way to an arena in Lahore in 2009. Most of the teams have spared the nation from the snare where eight individuals were executed and many star players were harmed.
“This visit is a message for the entire world, and particularly a message for future Sri Lankans. This has gone easily. Us playing here will support such huge numbers of different nations to likewise to be here. To experience the hospitality of Pakistan is an extraordinary thing; I’ve experienced it after a long, long time, and if anything, it has surprisingly better. It was a ton of diligent work for the entire system to have us here,” Ratnayake said.
“You’ve worked superbly in having us here and the security has been perfect. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it despite the fact that a few of us came in uncertainty. But the uncertainty has been taken out now so I might want to thank all of you for getting it going.”
Ratnayake also expected that senior players like Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis etc who didn’t come for the security reason will come surely for the test series in November. “We’ll surely explain that to them and they’ll have seen it too. We’ll try and convince them as much as we can, yet we can’t implement anything. Ideally, they’ve changed by observing this series be so effective,” he said.