Indian authorities had threatened Sri Lankan cricketers that they will be “ousted” from the Indian Premier League if they visit Pakistan, Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry claimed Tuesday.
“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit,” Chaudhry tweeted.
The Sri Lankan team will arrive in Pakistan to play three ODIs and three T20I matches from September 27 to October 19.
On September 9, ten players, including T20I captain Lasith Malinga and previous skippers Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, hauled out of Pakistan visit refering to security concerns, authorities said.
Following an assault on the Sri Lankan group transport during a Test coordinate in Lahore in March 2009, a lion’s share of global groups have would not visit the South Asian nation.
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The Sri Lanka Cricket board said in an explanation that players in a starter squad were advised on security courses of action for the six-coordinate constrained over arrangement, and given the opportunity to choose on the off chance that they needed to travel.
Following the instructions, ten players “remained away” from the arrangement of three One-Day Internationals and three T20 games, planned to start on September 27 in Karachi, it said.
The other seven who quit were Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne.