Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Visitors will take call on playing World Test Championship in Pakistan based on availability of top players

The PCB had initially invited Sri Lanka to play two Tests of the ICC Test Championship in Pakistan but the Islanders instead opted to play a series of three ODIs and as many T20Is

Press Trust of India, Oct 01, 2019 20:03:24 IST

Karachi: Satisfied with the security of the ongoing limited-overs tour of Pakistan, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday said that they will take a call on playing the World Test Championship scheduled to be held in Pakistan in December based on the availability of their senior players.

The Sri Lankan team began its tour of Pakistan last week after 10 of its main players refused to travel, citing security concerns.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Visitors will take call on playing World Test Championship in Pakistan based on availability of top players

Pakistani players celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lankan batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama during the second ODI in Karachi, Pakistan. AP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had initially invited SLC to play two Tests of the ICC Test Championship in Karachi and Lahore but the Islanders instead opted to play a limited-overs series of three ODIs and as many T20Is.

The PCB has now invited the SLC to play matches of the ICC World Test Championship in Pakistan in December.

"The security for this series has been top notch and we have no complaints. But for the Tests we have to think because we are playing the World Test Championship and if three or four players who are in the Test team refuse to come, we will then have to see and take a call," SLC President Shammi de Silva told reporters.

Sri Lanka Sports Minister Harin Fernando and a top-level delegation of SLC including President de Silva and Secretary Mohan de Silva are currently in Pakistan to assess the security for their team.

The Sports Minister said that the Sri Lankan players who have travelled to Pakistan can vouch for the security.

"We have to respect their (the Lankan players, who refused to travel) decisions. But the players who have come on the tour have played inside and out of the national team and they could put pressure on the senior players," Fernando said.

"We initially wanted to play just three T20Is in Pakistan but then we felt that we need to support Pakistan more. We wanted to go ahead with the tour because the team has to move on," he added.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said it was important that the game wins over any threats or terrorism.

"We've seen this in Christchurch recently and that was terrible. There were incidents in Sri Lanka but this can happen anywhere in the world. The main thing is that the security and safety of the players cannot be compromised anywhere," he said.

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Updated Date: Oct 01, 2019 20:03:24 IST






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