In a two-part tweet, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar slammed the 10 star Sri Lankan players for opting out of the Pakistan tour at the last moment citing security concerns. A ‘disappointed’ Akhtar said that he felt hurt that Sri Lankan players decided this as he feels Pakistan has been a big supporter of Lankan cricket. He also cited an example where a Pakistan U-19 team was sent to Sri Lanka just after the deadly Easter attacks. “Recently after deadly Easter Attacks in SL, our under-19 team was sent on tour there, being the first international team to volunteer…And of course, who can forget the 1996 World Cup when Australia & West Indies refused to tour Sri Lanka. Pakistan sent a combined team with India to play a friendly match in Colombo. We expect reciprocation from Sri Lanka,” Akhtar tweeted.
In his second tweet, he wrote, “And ofcourse who can forget the 1996 World Cup when Australia & West Indies refused to tour Sri Lanka. Pakistan sent a combined team with India to play a friendly match in Colombo. We expect reciprocation from Sri Lanka. Their board is cooperating, players should also,” he concluded.
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Meanwhile, Sri Lanka announced their T20I, ODI team that will tour Pakistan.
Sri Lanka T20I squad for Pakistan tour: D Gunathilaka, S Samarawickrama, A Fernando, O Fernando, S Jayasuriya, A Parera, Dasun Shanaka (C), B Rajpaksa, M Bhanuka, L Madushanka, W Hasaranga, L Sandakan, I Udana, N Pradeep, K Rajitha, L Kumara.
Sri Lanka ODI squad for Pakistan tour: Lahiru Thirimanne (C), D Gunathilaka, S Samarawickrama, A Fernando, O Fernando, S Jayasuriya, D Shanaka, M Bhanuka, A Parera, E Hasaranga, L Sandakan, N Pradeep, I Udana, K Rajitha, L Kumara.