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Ten Sri Lankans opt out of Pakistan trip

9th September 2019, 20:52 by Neil Foster

Ten Sri Lanka players, including captain Dimuth Karunaratne, will miss the limited-overs tour of Pakistan over security fears.

The Lions are due to face Pakistan in three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches between September 27 and October 9.

Pakistan did not host any international cricket for a number of years after gunmen attacked Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009, leaving two civilians and six security personnel dead, while six players were injured.

With that in mind, the islanders' chiefs allowed the players to make up their own minds on whether to travel after a meeting and, unsurprisingly, many will not.

In addition to the captain, experienced duo Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews will not go.

A Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) statement said: "The meeting was aimed at informing the players about the security arrangements during the forthcoming tour and also to find out their decision (either taking part or not) before the selection of squads for the ODI and T20I series."

Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal are the other players not travelling.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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