Sri Lanka will have to weaken teams on their Pakistan tour towards the end of the month after a number of players, including ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Malinga, the T20I skipper, turned out to be unavailable on Monday 9 September had.
In addition to the duo, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, the former captains, and Suranga Lakmal, the senior Paceman, along with Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella retired.
Players announced their unavailability following a meeting with the SLC calling attention to the “Safety Precautions for Implementing PCBs” during the tour, which will include three ODIs in Karachi and three T20Is in Lahore from the first ODI onwards on the 27th of September.
🚨JUST IN 🚨— ICC (@ICC) August 23, 2019
Pakistan have announced they will play Sri Lanka in Pakistan in three ODI's and three T20I's!
The ODI's will be played in Karachi and the T20I's in Lahore. pic.twitter.com/ejJdRNM58f
In a statement, the SLC said: “The former Sri Lankan Air Force commander, Marshall Air Roshan Goonetileke, SLC Chief Security Advisor, briefed stakeholders on the security situation in Pakistan and the PCB plans to implement security arrangements in Sri Lanka Country, while the chairman of the National Selection Committee, Asantha De Mel, explained about the selection policy for future tours. “
According to the release, players had “the freedom to decide whether to participate in the upcoming Pakistan tour or not”.
Kusal Mendis will also miss the tour because of an injury he sustained on the field following a collision with Shehan Jayasuriya during the second T20I against New Zealand. Sri Lanka will announce its cadres in due course.