Sri Lanka’s cricket board has confirmed the news that they had received warnings regarding their national team could be the target of a terror attack during an upcoming tour of Pakistan. The news broke hours after Sri Lanka named their second-string squads for their proposed tour of Pakistan. Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement that they need to “reassess” their plan after receiving “reliable information of a possible terrorist threat” warning from the Prime Minister’s Office. It stopped short of calling off the tour, but said a reassessment of the security situation would be sought from Sri Lankan government authorities.
Sri Lanka cricket team was the victim of a militant attack during a Test match in Pakistan’s Lahore in March 2009. Six Sri Lankan players were injured when gunmen attacked their bus while six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed.
The statement from Sri Lanka Cricket came a short while after the board announced two squads for the three One-Day Internationals and the three T20 matches starting September 27. Since the 2009 attack, a majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country. Earlier on Wednesday, the board named depleted squads for a six-match tour of Pakistan, after 10 top players opted out citing security concerns.
Lahiru Thirimanne has replaced one-day international skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who refused to join the tour along with Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga. Thirimanne will lead a 15-member ODI squad, while the 16-member T20 squad will be led by Dasun Shanaka.
ODI squad: Lahiru Thirimanne (Captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, and Lahiru Kumara.
T20 squad: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, and Lahiru Kumara.