Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today sought the assistance of the Sri Lankan Government to conduct a 'Reassessment'' of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the National Team's planned tour to Pakistan.
The decision was taken following a warning, the SLC received from the Prime Minister's Office, sent via the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, SLC said in a media release.
Accordingly, the warning highlights that the Prime Minister's Office has received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the Sri Lankan team, while touring Pakistan.
Hence, SLC has been advised to take extreme care, and 'reassess' the situation, before embarking on the planned tour.
Ten senior players have already opted out the Pakistan tour for security reasons.
The board earlier named the Sri Lanka ODI and T20i squads who were given approval by the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando to take part in the forthcoming tour of Pakistan.
Sri Lanka has planned to tour Pakistan to play three ODIs and three T20 matches, starting from 27th September to 09th October, 2019.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in response to SLC statement reiterated its commitment to provide complete safety and security to the Sri Lankan team.
"We have seen the SLC statement, but are not privy to any information or intelligence report relating to safety of the SL team. The PCB reiterates its commitment to provide complete safety and security to the SL side and in this relation will continue to work with the SLC," the PCB said in a n official Tweet.
International cricket in Pakistan came to a halt after terrorists opened fire and lobbed hand grenades at the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 03, 2009.
Seven players including the then captain Mahela Jayewardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavithana and Chaminda Vaas were injured, while six Pakistani policemen escorting the team were killed in the attack.