Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday lashed out at the ten Sri Lanka players who have refused to be part of the upcoming tour of Pakistan, saying that Sri Lanka should remember how Pakistan had helped the country by touring when other countries had refused to do so.
“So disappointed with the 10 Sri Lankan players who have pulled out of Pakistan tour. Pakistan has always been a huge support for SL cricket. Recently after deadly Easter Attacks in SL, our under-19 team was sent on tour there, being the first international team to volunteer. And of course, who can forget the 1996 World Cup when Australia & West Indies refused to tour Sri Lanka. Pakistan sent a combined team with India to play a friendly match in Colombo. We expect reciprocation from Sri Lanka. Their board is cooperating, players should also.” — Shoaib Akhtar