Karachi: Reacting to the refusal, from ten Sri Lanka players, to tour Pakistan for the ODI and T20i series, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says that it’s the mandate of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to shape up the best possible outfit for the tour.
Talking to this correspondent, the PCB spokesperson said they understand and respect the SLC situation.
“The PCB understands and respects that it is the prerogative of Sri Lanka Cricket to select the best available players for the upcoming tour for the white-ball cricket series in Pakistan,” the spokesperson said
“As far as the PCB is concerned, the tour is on and we look forward to welcoming the Sri Lanka team in Karachi later this month,” the PCB spokesperson added
According to the SLC press statement, on Monday, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne are not interested in the Pakistan series while Kusal Mendis, is not available for selection due to an injury he suffered during the New Zealand Series.
Sri Lanka are to play three ODIs and three T20i matches, in Pakistan, from September 27th to October 09th, 2019. The matches are scheduled in Karachi and Lahore.
This is pertinent to mention that Zimbabwe toured Pakistan, in 2015, to break the ice after which Pakistan Super League games as well as a series between Pakistan and the World XI was held in the country. Sri Lanka also played a solitary T20i game followed by a 3-match T20i series between Pakistan and the West Indies last year.
This correspondent understands that the PCB believes in putting up the best possible security arrangements to build a case regarding the environment for cricket in the country. The upcoming series is part of the process for the complete restoration of international cricket in Pakistan.