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Sri Lanka select squads for Pakistan tour as 10 players bow out of participation - Sport

Sri Lanka's cricket board announced on Monday the selection of a T20 squad and One Day International (ODI) to tour Pakistan while 10 players excused themselves from playing in the country for security reasons.

The Sri Lankan team will visit Pakistan to play three ODI and three T20I matches from September 27 to October 19. Sri Lankan sports minister Harin Fernando will finalize the selection of the two teams.

"Sri Lanka Cricket today held a meeting with players, who were chosen as part of a preliminary team to select the team, which will travel through Pakistan," reads a statement from the Sri Lankan cricket authorities.

The statement added that the meeting was intended to inform players about security arrangements during the next tour and also find out their "decision" (whether they want to participate or not) before the selectors sit down for squad selection for the ODI and T20i series.

Roshan Goonetileke, the main security advisor of the SLC, informed the players about the security situation in the host country and the security arrangements that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to implement during the Sri Lanka team tour.

The following players decided to stay away from the next series:

  1. Niroshan Dickwella
  2. Kusal Janith Perera
  3. Dhananjaya De Silva
  4. Thisara Perera
  5. Akila Dhananjaya
  6. Lasith Malinga
  7. Angelo Mathews
  8. Suranga Lakmal
  9. Dinesh Chandimal
  10. Dimuth Karunaratne

In addition, Kusal Mendis is no longer available for selection due to an injury he suffered during the New Zealand Series.

In response to the development, the PCB in a statement said that the participation or non-participation of high-level players does not matter, as the Sri Lankan team is arriving for a full tour.

"Team selection is an internal matter," said the PCB, adding that the board was striving to ensure a successful series.

Sri Lanka will return to Pakistan after an absence of almost two years for short-term cricket games. In October 2017, Sri Lanka played a Twenty20 International in Lahore for the first time since a terrorist attack near the same place in March 2009.

That attack left eight people dead and seven players and Sri Lankan personnel injured.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1504407/sri-lanka-select-squads-for-pakistan-tour-as-10-players-bow-out-of-participation



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