Sri Lankan cricket team is due to visit Pakistan later this month to play three ODIs and T20s. Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan to play three ODIs and three T20I matches from September 27 to October 9.
The SLC had earlier announced the tour squads, which leaves out 10 top cricketers who had decided to pull out of the visit.
Lahiru Thirimanne has replaced one-day international skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who refused to join the tour along with Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga.
Thirimanne will lead a 15-member ODI squad, while the 16-member T20 squad will be led by Dasun Shanaka.
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi took a dig at Prime Minister Imran Khan through twitter, after it was announced that various Sri Lankan players had opted out of the proposed Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan which is scheduled for this month.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials however have clarified that a team will still be sent for the tour.
Sethi took to twitter, to mock the current Prime Minister for his comments on international players who took part in the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2017.
“Imran Khan should guide the PCB on how to make sure Sri Lanka doesn’t send a “Relukata” team to Pakistan!” Sethi tweeted.
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) September 10, 2019
The former Chairman, who is widely credited with bringing international cricket back to Pakistan, received criticism for bringing in second tier players for the HBL PSL final in 2017 which was held in Lahore.
Earlier, Khan, in a video, called the international players ‘phateechar’, ‘rallukatta’ and ‘from Africa’. The former World Cup winning captain believed that these second tier players could have been called to play in the country regardless of the security conditions.
These terms were classified as derogatory during the time. Khan received a significant amount of backlash for the comments and had to justify his stance accordingly.
Sethi’s comments come at a time when the PCB is still striving to get international cricketers to play in the country.
Pakisan vs Sri Lanka, ODI Series Schedule:
1st ODI: 27 September, National Stadium Karachi
2nd OD: 29 September, National Stadium Karachi
3rd ODI: 2 October, National Stadium Karachi
Pakisan vs Sri Lanka, T20I Series Schedule:
1st T20I: 5 October, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
2nd T20I: 7 October, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
3rd T20I: 9 October, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore