Remembering the 2009 terrorists attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore nearly 10 top players have pulled out of the upcoming tour of Pakistan. Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews are among the players and they cited security reasons behind their withdrawal.
Even on Lanka players’ action, Pakistan is blaming India. Pakistan minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Hussain who has been very vocal ever since revoking Article 370, tweeted that India has a role in Lanka players pulling out.
‘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,’ tweeted Fawad Hussain.
Yet there are no takers for Fawad Hussain’s comments while BCCI sources refused to comment on it. On the other hand, Sri Lanka cricket board is planning to send their A team as senior players are reluctant.