A total of 10 Sri Lankan cricket players have chosen to stay away from the upcoming Pakistan series, mainly for security reasons, reports say. This was revealed after Sri Lankan Cricket board today during a meeting with players. The team was 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. Back in 2009 Sri Lankan cricket team had faced a terrorist attack during their tour to Pakistan.