Each the gamers determined to not journey Pakistan citing safety considerations.
The worldwide cricket fraternity was in for a shock this week after as many as 10 Sri Lankan cricketers refused to journey to Pakistan for 2 limited-overs sequence beginning later this month. The gamers, together with the nation’s T20I captain Lasith Malinga and ODI skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, cited safety considerations as the rationale for his or her reluctance.
Pakistan’s popularity as a cricket host obtained a horrible blow a decade again when a visiting nationwide cricket workforce confronted terrorist assault and needed to be evacuated from the stadium in London. And the guests had been none apart from the Sri Lanka workforce.
Two out of the 10 gamers who’ve refused to go to Pakistan sought the board’s permission to play within the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which kicked off on September four. The duo is all-rounder Thisara Perera and wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella. Nonetheless, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has refused to grant them the no-objection certificates (NOC) to play within the CPL after they refused to take the nationwide accountability.
SLC CEO speaks out on the matter
SLC Chief Government Officer Ashley de Silva mentioned it’s as per the board’s coverage participant is not going to be given the NOC if he chooses to withdraw from a nationwide tour even after getting picked. The Sri Lankan board additionally expressed displeasure over the truth that the gamers determined to withdraw even after safety preparations had been made to make sure that the tour goes off safely.
“It’s our coverage to not give NOCs when there’s a nationwide tour, and the gamers would have recognized that. So Dickwella has not been granted a NOC and will likely be anticipated to coach with the nationwide workforce within the subsequent few weeks. We’ve got additionally requested Thisara to return to the nation on September 15, so he can even be a part of the workforce in coaching,” de Silva was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
Each Perera and Dickwella are a part of the St Lucia Zouks within the CPL 2019. Whereas Perera’s conditional NOC has been revoked and he has to return to Sri Lanka, Dickwella was by no means issued a NOC as he had been with the T20 squad for the current sequence in opposition to New Zealand.
Bowler Isuru Udana had additionally been picked for a CPL facet however he made himself unavailable and can journey to Pakistan. Sri Lanka will play Pakistan in three ODIs and as many T20Is between September 27 and October 9.