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Sarfaraz Ahmed opens up on Sri Lanka boycotting Pakistan tour

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 September 2019, 11:17 IST

With clouds of uncertainty hanging over forthcoming series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has stated that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can only request the Sri Lankan cricket team to tour their nation, he further stated that in the last few years, overseas players had been given infallible safety.

Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan commencing 27th September, seemed well on track, before their Prime Minister’s office received information of possible terror threat. After which, Sri Lanka cricket stated that they need to reassess their plan.

“Events have taken place over the past few years and there have been no security issues,” the Dawn quoted Sarfaraz as saying on Friday.

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Sarfaraz stated that Sri Lanka cricket team did not need to be reminded that Pakistan was the only team to tour their country when it was in chaos.

“Pakistan has always supported other countries by touring. Recently, Pakistan sent its junior team to Sri Lanka a couple of weeks after (the Easter bombings) took place.”

The PCB has made it clear that it is already monitoring the situation but moving the series to a neutral venue is out of question.

Sarfaraz further urged the ICC and other cricket boards to stand with Pakistan in order to resurrect international cricket in the nation.

Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and three T20Is in Karachi and Lahore, starting 27th September.

Previously, 10 players form Sri Lanka decided to boycott the tour citing security concerns.

 

First published: 14 September 2019, 11:13 IST
 
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