The Sri Lankan cricket council said it was alerted to the possible terrorist threat during a planned trip to Pakistan and called for a review of the security situation before the game started in two weeks’ time. .
The SLC said in a statement on Wednesday that the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, had received reliable information about the possible terrorist threat to the Sri Lankan team, when traveling to Pakistan. Therefore, SLC was advised to be very careful and to review the situation before starting the tour.
The tour will begin on September 27 with an international day in Karachi. Ten of Sri Lanka’s top players, including Twenty20 Lasith Malinga captain and one-day international captain Dimuth Karunaratne, have withdrawn from the limited tour due to security concerns.
Pakistan has not held a Test match since the Sri Lankan bus
was attacked by terrorists in 2009. Eight people were killed in the ambush and
several Sri Lankan players were also injured.
The upcoming tour was originally set to begin with the Test
match, but the schedule was turned over after discussion between the heads of
the two cricket boards. The second series of trials is currently scheduled for
Karachi will host three international competitions lasting one day while three Twenty20 will be broadcast in Lahore on October 5, 7 and 9 October. Pakistan Cricket Council said it has not received any information on terrorist threat.
PCB reiterated its commitment to providing complete safety
and security to SL and in this relationship will continue to work with SLC,
they said in a statement.
A senior SLC security delegation visited both cities last
month and was satisfied with the security arrangements made by the PCB for the
Over the past three years, Pakistan has successfully
organized for Zimbabwe, West Indies, Sri Lanka and World XI for limited matches
in the context of fierce security as they try to regain the confidence of
foreign teams to launch restart international cricket completely at home.