The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday announced it would reassess the security situation in Pakistan after it received a warning from its Prime Minister’s office of a “possible ter*orist threat”.
The SLC’s fresh statement — issued Wednesday evening — has once again thrown the possibility of the Sri Lankan cricket team’s tour to Pakistan under doubt.
According to its statement, the SLC sought the Sri Lankan government’s assistance to conduct a reassessment of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the national team’s planned tour for the September series.
“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,” the statement said.
“Accordingly, the warning highlights that the Prime Minister’s Office has received reliable information of a possible ter*orist threat on the Sri Lankan team, while touring Pakistan,” it added.
As per the press release, the SLC was advised to take extreme care and “reassess” the situation before embarking on the much-anticipated tour.
PCB committed to ‘provide complete safety’
Following the SLC’s press release, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in its own statement said it “reiterates its commitment to provide complete safety and security to” Sri Lankan cricket team.
The PCB said: “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 reiterates its commitment to provide complete safety and security to the SL side and in this relation will continue to work with the SLC,” it added.
The Sri Lankan cricketers were scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on September 25 to play a series of three one-day international (ODIs) matches in Karachi and three Twenty20 matches (T20Is) in Lahore.
The SLC had earlier announced the tour squads, which leaves out 10 top cricketers who had decided to pull out of the visit.
Sri Lanka on Wednesday named depleted squads for a six-match tour of Pakistan, after 10 top players opted out citing security concerns.
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.
ODI Series Schedule:
1st ODI: 27 September, National Stadium Karachi
2nd OD: 29 September, National Stadium Karachi
3rd ODI: 2 October, National Stadium Karachi
T20I Series Schedule:
1st T20I: 5 October, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
2nd T20I: 7 October, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
3rd T20I: 9 October, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore