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Many of Sri Lanka’s senior players have expressed their concerns about travelling to Pakistan for a limited overs series as they are worried about the security situation in the country.
According to BBC Urdu, ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga and all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who used to be captain, have all refused to travel to Pakistan.
Speaking to BBC Sinhala Service, as quoted by Geo News, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Harin Fernando said that the players’ families are concerned about their safety.
This stems from the fact that the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by armed gunmen in March 2009, which left six players injured and resulted in the deaths of six Pakistani police officers and two civilians.
Two staff members and reserve umpire Ahsan Raza were also injured in the attack.
Fernando noted that a formal meeting will likely be held on Monday in order to convince the players to travel to Pakistan.
“I have been told by some of the players that they cannot participate after their families raised concerns,” Fernando said. “I have even told the players that I am ready to travel with them to Pakistan.”
Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan will consist of three ODIs in Karachi, which will start on September 27, and three Twenty20 Internationals in Lahore, which will begin on October 5.