The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has ruled out shifting the Men in Green’s home series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to take place later this month, to a neutral venue.
The Islanders’ tour of Pakistan seemed on track but the scenario changed after the Sri Lanka Prime Minister’s Office received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on their team, while touring Pakistan.
According the sources, the PCB is closely monitoring the situation but any possible move about shifting the series to a neutral venue is out of question. The PCB was surprised to see intelligence report because the Sri Lankan Security Delegation, which visited Pakistan last month, were satisfied with the security arrangements in Pakistan. The source further stated that, SLC is yet to file a request for reassessment of security situation in Pakistan.
The board is of the opinion that if they move the series to a neutral venue, it will put their plans about permanently bringing international cricket to Pakistan in jeopardy. The PCB also believes that such a decision will make it difficult to convince foreign players to tour Pakistan, for the upcoming Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL), as well.
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