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Pakistan blames India for Sri Lanka players boycotting tour

Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said India has threatened the players from the island nation against participating in the upcoming series against the Men in Green.

Published: 10th September 2019 02:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2019 02:51 PM   |  A+A-

Sri Lanka Cricket Team

Lasith Malinga celebrates with Sri Lanka teammates. (Photo | AP)

By IANS

NEW DELHI: A Pakistan Minister on Tuesday made an outrageous claim after 10 Sri Lankan players decided to opt-out of an upcoming Pakistan tour.

Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said India has threatened the players from the island nation against participating in the upcoming series against the Men in Green.

He even claimed that India could have used threats that the Sri Lankan players would lose their IPL contracts if they travelled to Pakistan.

"Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will 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," Chaudhry tweeted.

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Sri Lanka's top players, including T20I skipper Lasith Malinga, and former captains Angelo Mathews besides Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella, have opted out of the tour starting September 27, following a security briefing with the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.

Sri Lanka are slated to play three ODIs in Karachi on September 27, 29 and October 3, and as many T20Is in Lahore on October 5, 7 and 9 during the tour, before returning in December for the Test series that will be a part of the World Test Championship.



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  • Hari

    Mr. Fawad Chaudhary - tomorrow U get a loose motion after eating some rotten Meat (Paki meat is always rotten)
    2 years ago reply
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