Sri Lanka 'reassessing' Pakistan tour after security threat

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Akhtar took to Twitter to write: "So disappointed with the 10 Sri Lankan players who have pulled out of Pakistan tour".

Miandad, who played for Pakistan in Tests and ODIs between 1975 and 1996, said Pakistani players need to be consistent in their performances. Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident.

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister's Office has received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the Sri Lankan team, while touring Pakistan.

Miandad advised that "we [Pakistan] must not bother with which players would travel to Pakistan and instead focus on playing at our best in the series". Pakistan has always been a huge support for SL cricket.

The PCB issued its own statement following the Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) press release, wherein the latter announced it would reassess the security situation in Pakistan after receiving a warning from its Prime Minister's office of a "possible terrorist threat".

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Sri Lanka Cricket board has, on Wednesday (September 11), sought assistance from the Sri Lankan government to conduct a reassessment of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the team's scheduled limited-overs tour to the country later in September.

Post the decision of the players to opt-out of the tour, Chaudhry, who is Pakistan's Science and Technology Minister, stated that it was India who was responsible for Sri Lanka players opting out of the tour.

Hussain, infamous for making ridiculous statements, said in a tweet, "Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they'll be ousted from IPL if they don't refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities". They were Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal, and Dimuth Karunaratne. Sri Lanka won one match and lost two under his leadership in a seven-match series lost 2-4 (1 no result).

Pakistan are looking to host their first test on home soil - as part of the World Test Championship in December - since a 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore left six security personnel and two civilians dead while six players were injured.

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