Sri Lanka’s cricket board Thursday said it will go ahead with its tour of Pakistan despite fears that players could be the targets of terror attacks during the six-match visit. Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva said they received the all-clear from the defence ministry to leave for Pakistan on Tuesday.
“We have the green light from the defence ministry,” de Silva told international news agency. “The tour is on as we planned. I myself and our office bearers will also be accompanying the team.”
The Government of Pakistan in a letter sent to the SLC via the Ministry of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sport of Sri Lanka has assured that the Government of Pakistan will ensure highest consideration of security to the visiting cricket team. It also said that the Pakistan Army will coordinate the security arrangements, which 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.
Ten senior players opted out of the tour citing security concerns. Sri Lanka has already announced two squads for the three one-day internationals (ODI’s) and the three T20 matches.
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17 November, 2019