India Not Behind Our Players’ Boycott Of Pak Tour: Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Sri Lanka Minister Harin Fernando has rejected claims made by Pakistan Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry that India pressured the gamers of the island nation to decide out of their upcoming tour in opposition to the Males in Inexperienced.

Fernando, who’s Sri Lanka’s Sports activities Minister, mentioned that 10 gamers have opted out of the tour “purely” based mostly on the 2009 incident when their group bus was attacked by terrorist which left eight individuals lifeless and several other others injured.

“No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan. Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,” he tweeted on Tuesday evening.

Sri Lanka by no means toured Pakistan following the assault. This was set to be its first since.

Sri Lanka’s prime gamers, together with T20I skipper Lasith Malinga, and former captains Angelo Mathews apart from Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella, have opted out of the tour beginning September 27 to Pakistan, following a safety briefing with the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.

After this, Chaudhry, who’s Pakistan’s Science and Expertise Minister, mentioned India threatened the gamers from Sri Lanka that in the event that they journey to Pakistan, they might lose their IPL contracts.

“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Chaudhry tweeted on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka are slated to play three ODIs in Karachi on September 27, 29 and October 3, and as many T20Is in Lahore on October 5, 7 and 9 in the course of the tour, earlier than returning in December for the Check collection that will likely be part of the World Check Championship.

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