10 Sri Lanka players pull out of Pakistan tour, SLC to send second-string side

According to an SLC release, chief selector Asantha de Mel had told players that refusals to tour Pakistan on this occasion will not affect their selection for future series.

By hosting the limited-overs series first, the PCB had intended to prove to Sri Lanka players and officials that the nation was once more secure enough to host Test cricket, starting with the teams’ World Test Championship matches, presently scheduled for December.

But with Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne all having pulled out of the limited-overs tour, its capacity to further the PCB’s aims are significantly curtailed.

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