KARACHI: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)’s secretary Mohan De Silva said they are ready to replace New Zealand if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) invites them.
In a statement to Sri Lankan media, Silva said he is equally disappointed after hearing about New Zealand Cricket (NZC)’s decision to cancel Pakistan’s tour on the 11th hour.
“As you all know PCB is a great friend of SLC and I am personally disappointed about the cancellation. I am very proud to say I went to Pakistan before sending our team in 2019 to observe the strength of their security. It was unbelievable the protection they offer – they have all the latest security systems in place. You have hundreds of cameras all set and a person can’t even move without being noticed. So, I have full confidence in Pakistan’s security,” he was quoted saying.
“So, if the PCB invites us, this is something we would seriously consider,” he added.
It must be noted here that PCB’s CEO Wasim Khan had already said that hosting either Sri Lanka or any other team after New Zealand departed, wasn’t possible due to logistic arrangements.
The Black Caps left Pakistan yesterday after their cricket board called off the Pakistan tour just minutes before the first ODI, citing security threats to their team in the country.