Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry revealed that he has been told by well-informed commentators that Sri Lankan players have refused to tour Pakistan due to India’s pressure.
The Minister took to his official Twitter account to make this revelation on Sunday that India have threatened Sri Lankan players to rip them off of their Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts if they visit Pakistan.
Chaudhry coined the alleged Indian act as a ‘cheap tactic’ and also condemned it.
Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll 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
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 10, 2019
Earlier, Sri Lankan team’s senior players had refused to travel to Pakistan later this month to play three T20Is and as many ODIs.
Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and 10 other players have decided to withdraw from the tour of Pakistan.
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) gave a briefing to 30 players about the team’s tour to Pakistan. The board officials made sure to rope in the players’ interest to play in Pakistan.
However, it has been reported that only Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Parera and Niroshan Dickwella are part of Sri Lanka’s T20I team, while the other six players who are refusing to tour Pakistan are not even a part of Sri Lanka’s 20-over cricket plan.