Unlike most of his teammates, Lahiru Thirimanne seems determined to go to Pakistan for the upcoming limited-overs tour. The Islanders are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Pakistan with the series starting on September 27. However, the series has already lost some considerable firepower after ten Sri Lankan players pulled out due to security reasons.
The players who have pulled out are T20 skipper Lasith Malinga, former captains Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella.
There is still no clarity over the tour as Sri Lanka recently received a threat letter, stating about an attack on the team in Pakistan. Sri Lanka have decided to reassess the security while ICC is also keeping an eye on all the arrangement. But amidst all these, Lahiru Thirimanne seems to be satisfied with the security in the country.
In a talk with Gulf News, Lahiru Thirimanne, who will lead the ODI side in the absence of regular captain Dimuth Karunaratne, has said that he is happy with the arrangements.
“SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) has presented us the security plan which we are getting in Pakistan so I’m pretty happy with that and I explained to my family as well, so they don’t have a concern since we represent our country,” said Lahiri Thirimanne.
While Sri Lanka will most of their big names, the southpaw is confident of a good show from his team.
“But still we have a good team. I believe if we play to our potential we can do very well” he said.
While Thirimanne will lead Sri Lanka in ODIs, Dasun Shanaka will captain the visitors in the T20I series. He will perform the duties in absence of Lasith Malinga. Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan will kick off on September 27, with the first ODI to be played in Karachi. The next two games will also take place at the same venue on September 29 and October 3. Lahore will host three T20Is on October 5, 7 and 9.