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Saeed Ajmal says players unwilling to tour Pakistan should be barred from playing in PSL

  • Press Trust of India
  • September 20th, 2019
  • 13:31:01 IST

Pakistan players 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 barred from the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Both the players expressed disappointment at the pullout of 10 Sri Lankan players from the forthcoming ODI and T20 series in Karachi and Lahore.

File photo of Saeed Ajmal. AFP

File photo of Saeed Ajmal. AFP

"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," Ajmal said on the GSports show on GNews channel.

Saeed and Faisal both urged the PCB to adopt a stronger stance on teams refusing to tour Pakistan.

"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," Ajmal agreed with Faisal's assertion.

Off-spinner Ajmal, whose international career ended after the ICC questioned his bowling action, said Pakistani players never refused to go to Sri Lanka citing such reasons.

"It hurts because we have had plenty of international cricket and PSL matches in Pakistan in the last two years."

Iqbal also noted that it had been 10 years since terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore and it was time to move on.

"I was in the Pakistan team when the attack took place but since then things have changed, many international players have come and played in Pakistan. Sri Lankan players have come and played in the PSL. So there was no reason for these 10 Sri Lankan players to back out of the tour," he said.

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 25 September.

Asked if they agreed with claims made by flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi that the Indians pressurised the Sri Lankan players into pulling out, both the former players said they didn't think this was the case.

"I don't think so the Indians are involved but my point is if it is safe for anyone to play PSL matches in Pakistan than they should also tour with their teams," Faisal, who played 26 Tests, said.

Saeed also ruled out any Indian involvement in the 10 Sri Lankan players not coming to Pakistan.

"I don't think so but we should always think positively not negatively and we have to ensure full international cricket is restored in Pakistan," he said.

Updated Date: September 20, 2019 13:31:01 IST

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