Sri Lanka Cricket has acted against the players who have refused to tour Pakistan for the three-match ODI and T20I series scheduled to start from September 27.
SLC has denied No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Niroshan Dickwella for the participation in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League, while they have asked their senior all-rounder Thisara Parera to return to the country leaving the league halfway.
According to SLC CEO Ashley de Silva if there are players in the selection radar, but they opt to withdraw their name voluntarily, the board will not grant an NOC to such players.
“It’s our policy not to give NOCs when there is a national tour, and the players would have known that,” de Silva said. “So Dickwella has not been granted an NOC and will be expected to train with the national team in the next few weeks. We have also asked Thisara to return to the country on September 15, so he can also join the team in training.”
SLC’s security team visited Pakistan and presented a positive report to the concerned authorities, however, few players have still expressed their concerns on security despite touring the country in the past.
Pakistan have been giving touring foreign players foolproof security and they have assured to do the same again.
“We have done a very meticulous security assessment, and the Pakistan board has gone out of their way,” one board official said. “Other international players have also toured there with the World XI and so on. And Pakistan is also willing to provide the same security they give to heads of state for the players. What more could they want?”
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s chief selector Ashantha de Mel had told players that their refusal to tour Pakistan will not affect their position in the team in any manner.
“It’s not a question of trying to be vindictive or victimise players. But they do have an obligation,” said an official of the SLC.