The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday announced it would reassess the security situation in Pakistan after it received a warning from its Prime Minister’s office of a “possible terrorist threat”.
The SLC’s fresh statement — issued Wednesday evening — has once again thrown the possibility of the Sri Lankan cricket team’s tour to Pakistan under doubt. According to its statement, the SLC sought the Sri Lankan government’s assistance to conduct a reassessment of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the national team’s planned tour for the September series.
“The decision was taken following a warning, the SLC received from the Prime Minister’s Office, sent via the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports,” the statement said. “Accordingly, the warning highlights that the Prime Minister’s Office has received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the Sri Lankan team while touring Pakistan,” it added.
As per the press release, the SLC was advised to take extreme care and “reassess” the situation before embarking on the much-anticipated tour.
Following a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009, a majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country. The tour has been seen as another step towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.
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20 September, 2019