Saeed Ajmal, who recently called curtains on his career speaks on the return of international cricket to Pakistan. The former spinner lashed out at the Sri Lankan cricketers, who refused to travel Pakistan despite the board giving Green signal. Faisal Iqbal was the other who raised his voice on the same issue.
Both the players expressed disappointment at the pullout of 10 Sri Lankan players from the forthcoming ODI and T20 series in Karachi and Lahore. 10 Sri Lankan players withdrew over security concerns and the tour was in limbo after the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry were examining reports of a possible terror attack on the cricket team.
However, after a lengthy investigation, Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry gave the go-ahead for the tour which will start from September 27 with ODIs in Karachi. Despite that, few players aren’t convinced with the call, as they are not willing to play Pakistan in Pakistan, for the security and family reasons. Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella are among the few, who held a red card.
I was very hurt – Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal and Faisal Iqbal on Friday said international cricketers, who are unwilling to tour Pakistan with their respective national sides owing to security concerns, should be excluded from the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“I was very hurt when these Sri Lankan players backed out of the tour because the security situation in our country has improved a lot… Our board or government would never ask anyone to play in Pakistan unless they were not sure they could provide the best security environment,” star spinner Ajmal said on the GSports show on GNews channel.
“I think those Sri Lankan players or foreigners who can come for the PSL matches should also tour with their national teams. And if anyone refuses to come with their teams they should not be included in the PSL draft,” Saeed agreed with Faisal’s statement.
The Sri Lankan board on Thursday confirmed it had got the go-ahead for the tour from their government and they would reach Karachi on September 25. All in all, it would be interesting bro see whether PCB considers the suggestion given by the former spinner of Pakistan.