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PCB disappointed over Sri Lanka Cricket Chief’s comments about team security

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Shammi Silva recent comments regarding security in Pakistan has raised many question and PCB didn’t seem to be happy at all.

Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva has stated that he was fed up of the security arrangements in Pakistan during the Islanders recently concluded limited-overs series tour against the Men in Green.

Silva believed that they would reassess their strategy regarding a future tour featuring Test cricket in Pakistan.

“We have to reassess and see about Test matches,” Silva said.

“Players had to stay inside their hotel. I was there and though I stayed for 3-4 days, I got fed up (about it). We have to think about that and discuss with the players and support staff. We are playing the Test Championship and we want to do well in that too.”

Sri Lanka Cricket Team recently played ODIs in Karachi and T20Is in Lahore. © Sri Lanka Cricket

The SLC president stated that there were benefits to the tour but those were outweighed by the negatives that came along with the constant security confinement.

“Frankly in my opinion, it was good team bonding when they are staying in the hotel without their wives. Too much of freedom is also bad for the players,” he said.

“But, they have to go out to do shopping, they have to eat somewhere, they have biological needs and all those things are there. They have to go out and see the world. They can’t stay inside the hotel.”

President Dr. Arif Alvi presenting Sri Lanka First Pakistan unofficial Tour 1950 Photograph to Shammi Silva, President Sri Lanka Cricket during the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Cricket Match at Karachi National Stadium. Photo: APP

Meanwhile, SLC’s Chairman of Selectors Asantha de Mel claimed that a Test tour of Pakistan would not be an easy prospect.

“It’s not easy. Process of going and coming is long. These were short games just five days. We can’t go and play a Test without a practice game. So it will be at least 15 days travelling to the ground, which won’t be easy. They have to clear the roads, process of security arrangement takes long and then you aren’t allowed to move inside the bus,” explained de Mel.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is disappointed with the statements made by Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva regarding security arrangements for his team during its recent Pakistan tour.

The PCB is said to have contacted Sri Lanka cricket officials and informed them that Presidential Level security was provided to their team during its Pakistan tour.

The PCB said the Sri Lankan cricket board rejected every proposal put forth by the PCB for arranging shopping tours, golf games and government hosted dinners for the hosts in Karachi and Lahore.

PCB believes that Shami Silva has made inappropriate comments about security arrangements in Pakistan.

Apart from all this, The Sri Lankan officials thanked the Pakistani officials and handed souvenirs to security officials. Speaking to media, the Lankan players said if they get another chance they would come back to Pakistan.

“We want international cricket to come back to Pakistan. We will remember every moment of our time in Pakistan,” the team said.

Pakistan’s three-match T20 serious ended on a gloomy note for the home side, but they can find solace in the fact that that they were the perfect hosts.

Sri Lankan opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka shared his experience of playing in the cricket-mad country and said, “Pakistan is safe to play cricket and their fans deserve it!”

He also commended the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board for bringing back international cricket to the country.

“End of a very special tour. Kudos to PCB for bringing back international cricket to their fans. Great hospitality. Excellent security measures. Hope every other country will visit here soon. Pakistan is safe to play cricket and their fans deserve it,” Gunathilaka posted on Twitter.

Captain Dasun Shanka also thanked the Pakistani crowd for their support.

“It’s a good victory. Thanks to the Pakistan crowd, they supported not just the home team but us as well. All the players bond well in our team and that is our key to success. They are very talented and I think unity is the secret behind our success,” Shanka said.

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