Sri Lanka Cricket confirms receiving terrorist assault threats forward of Pakistan tour


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Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of Pakistan is in jeopardy after their authorities is alleged to have obtained information of a “doable terrorist menace on the Sri Lanka group”. The Islanders had been set to go away for Pakistan in lower than a fortnight for the limited-overs tour. Sri Lanka are set to play three T20Is and as many ODIs in Pakistan.

Nonetheless, the tour is now doubtful as Pakistan await “reassessment of the safety scenario in Pakistan”. Sri Lanka Cricket had beforehand completed a safety evaluation and had been just about glad with the preparations in place. However the newest flip of occasions have alerted them and one other safety test is trying like the one possibility.

As many as ten Sri Lanka stars have already pulled out of the tour resulting from safety causes. Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne have pulled out of the tour.

The current growth can very a lot power different gamers additionally to drag out of the tour. Sri Lanka Cricket, on Wednesday, confirmed that the Prime Minister has obtained dependable info of a doable terrorist menace on the Sri Lankan group whereas touring Pakistan.

“Sri Lanka Cricket at this time sought the help of the Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a ‘reassessment’ of the safety scenario in Pakistan forward of the nationwide group’s deliberate tour to Pakistan,” a board launch mentioned.

“The choice was taken following a warning SLC obtained from the Prime Minister’s workplace, despatched by way of the Ministry of Telecommunication, International Employment and Sports activities. The warning highlights that the Prime Minister’s Workplace has obtained dependable info of a doable terrorist menace on the Sri Lankan group, whereas touring Pakistan,” it added.

Dangerous recollections

On the subject of touring Pakistan, Sri Lanka have very unhealthy recollections of the identical. It was their group bus that got here beneath a terrorist assault in 2009 whereas the gamers had been travelling to the stadium for a Check. Luckily, the assault didn’t result in any casualty though a number of gamers had been severely injured.

After the incident, Pakistan was stripped of internet hosting rights for worldwide cricket. Therefore, they needed to shift their base to UAE. Sri Lanka, in the meantime, had visited Pakistan in 2017 for a solitary T20I.