Sri Lanka’s Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusinha says the board is trying to rope in as many top players as possible for the team’s scheduled Twenty20 International in Lahore later this month. The ongoing bilateral series against Pakistan ends with a T20I in Lahore as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying to bring international cricket back to the country.
Their efforts took a massive hit when 40 contracted players handed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) a letter indicating their reluctance to travel to Lahore due to security concerns.
“SLC will be speaking to most of the players to find the best way forward. It seems like we will be there in Lahore for less than 24 hours. We are flying in and flying out. We are hoping that some of the players who had concerns will seriously look at it,” Gurusinha told Cricbuzz. “There are lot of positives taking place I should say. It is not nice to name the players but there were positive feedback from certain players.”
During an Executive Committee meeting on Monday night, SLC decided to go ahead with the trip to Pakistan. The board discussed in detail a security report the ICC had presented following the World XI series in Lahore last month. “We have to look at both sides. SLC wanted security clearance and once that is done, the board has to send the players. SLC now will tell the selectors the process that should take place. It is a tough choice for the players. The players will seriously look at it and hopeful they will look at it favourably,” Gurusinha said.