Sri Lanka supporting staff supports touring Pakistan

 . Last updated on October 16, 2017, 12:46 PM
Sri Lanka supporting staff supports touring Pakistan
Suranga Lakmal and Chamara Kapugedera are the players on the current team who were attacked back in 2009.


The last T20 between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is scheduled in Lahore. This could not have been anything of concern, but the attack of 2009 is still fresh in memory of some Sri Lanka players. However, bygones be bygones, Sri Lanka's support staff a ready to take the risk again. There is no threat whatsoever, but it is just the memories. The coaches are ready and thereby, the players too are softening the instance.

The supporting staff comprising of coach Hashan Thilakaratne, Rumesh Ratnayake, Asanka Gurusinha and Nic Pothas sent a written statement on their willingness for the tour. It contrasted with an earlier response of the players. The cricketers, earlier, wrote a letter to President of Sri Lanka cricket stating their concerns on the tour.

ICC confirmed adequate security at the venue. The council will also send their match referee and an-anti corruption official to the venue. SCL meanwhile, will conduct their own security assessment. The coaches were asked individually to confirm their support to the tour. The current team has two players who went through the harrowing attack. Players Suranga Lakmal and Chamara Kapugedera are on the team as players who were attacked back in 2009. An official from SLC said that the concerns of the players will be discussed. Since the attack, Pakistan has made UAE their second home for cricket venues.

Per PCB, the board has been losing huge amounts due to inability to play at home venues. There are strong voices from ex-cricketers like Waqar Younis to bring back international cricket matches to the country. The present Test team of Pakistan never played a Test match in their own backyard. PCB is trying hard to bring back international cricket into the country, with good success. The Pakistan Cricket League was a success despite serious skepticism against it. Also, recently, the World XI toured Pakistan for a T20 series against the home team.

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