Sri Lanka's Pakistan tour to go-ahead as scheduled


Pakistani players Saeed Ajmal and Faisal Iqbal on Friday said worldwide cricketers, who are unwilling to tour Pakistan with their respective national sides owing to security concerns, should be barred from the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Sri Lanka's cricket board remains hopeful of going ahead with its tour of Pakistan but will await the final all-clear from the defence ministry, an official said on Wednesday.

Top 10 Sri Lanka cricketers including ODI and T20I captain Lasith Malinga and Dimuth Karunaraten hadve chose to pull out from Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan citing security reasons. "I myself and our office bearers will also be accompanying the team".

The Sri Lanka team was the target of an attack during a Test match in Pakistan's Lahore in March 2009, with six players injured when gunmen attacked their bus.

The Islanders are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Pakistan with the first 50-over game on Sep 27.

The South Asian country did not host worldwide cricket for six years after the 2009 attack, with the team playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates.

"The release detailed that the letter from the Pakistan government had made these assurances: "that "[The] Government of Pakistan will ensure highest consideration of security to [the] visiting cricket team", "[The] Pakistan Army will coordinate the security arrangements" and "Security protocol will be compatible to [a] Head of State".

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it was not aware of any information relating to the safety of the Sri Lankan team, but reiterated its commitment to providing security.

The players were Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne.

Sri Lanka has already announced two squads for the three one-day internationals and the three T20 matches.

A training camp is underway in Lahore as part of the preparations for Pakistan's upcoming ODI and T20I home series against Sri Lanka.