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A risk not worth taking

Sanath Jayasuriya, 43, still plays cricket. For a hefty a fee (some say it is between $10,000 to $15, 000), Sanath will turn up and play a match or two for you. No problemo.

But is going to Pakistan to make a quick buck wise? The country is a no-go zone for international sportsmen after terrorists there attacked the Sri Lankan team. It’s not even safe for their own citizens.

"I have no security fear now and both teams will play the matches for the noble cause," he has said.

He, however, says the matches are for flood relief (charity), so perhaps he’s not being paid for this appearance. But provincial sports minister Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah, who organised the matches, makes no mention of charity being the reason for these matches.

“We hope that this step will pave the way for other teams to tour Pakistan,” Shah said on Tuesday in the southern port city of Karachi. “We also hope to send a clear message (to other countries) that our country is safe for international sports.”

The minister added that around 5,000 policemen will be deployed for the security of both teams.

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