Prime News, International Sport, Cricket, Colombo, September 10:- A total of 10 Sri Lankan cricket players have chosen to stay away from the upcoming Pakistan series, mainly for security reasons. This was revealed to Sri Lanka Cricket Board on Monday during a meeting with players, who were chosen as part of a preliminary squad to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20 matches in Pakistan beginning later this month.
The meeting was aimed at informing the players about the security arrangements, during the forthcoming tour and also to find out players decision to participate. The players were briefed about the security situation in Pakistan and the security arrangements PCB plans on implementing during the tour.
Accordingly, 10 players including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews chose to stay away from the tour. The cricket board has suggested alternative names for the proposed tour.
It may be mentioned that Sri Lankan cricket team faced a terrorist attack during their tour to Pakistan in 2009, leaving several cricketers injured. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)