Hours after naming their squads for the tour of Pakistan, the Prime Minister’s Office in Sri Lanka has received a terror threat alert. Notably, ten seniors cricketers pulled out of the upcoming tour citing security concerns.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a press release that the security situation in Pakistan is being reassessed with help from the Lankan government. Pakistan had been an isolated destination for international cricket since the 2009 terrorist attack in which gunmen targetted a Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore, leaving several cricketers injured.

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“The decision (to reassess the security situation) was taken following a warning, the SLC received from the Prime Minister’s Office, sent via the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports,” the press release said.

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Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and three T20I matches against Pakistan in Pakistan between September 27 and October 9. After Lasith Malinga and Dimuth Karunaratne decided to skip the tour, SLC named Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka as their skipper for the ODIs and T20I teams respectively. It will be interesting to see if Sri Lanka send their team amidst all these speculations.

“After an hour after the Sri Lanka Cricket press release, the Pakistan Cricket Board sent out a release of its own that they are committed to giving full safety to the visiting team. They also vouched to work with SLC on the same,” the release said.

Sri Lanka's Tour Of Pakistan In Jeopardy After Terror Threat Alert
Dasun Shanka. Credit: AFP

“We have seen the SLC statement, but are not privy to any information or intelligence report relating to safety of the SL team. The PCB reiterates its commitment to provide complete safety and security to the SL side and in this relation will continue to work with the SLC,” it added.

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