10 Sri Lankan players including Dimuth Karunaratne, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera have decided against travelling to Pakistan for the limited-overs series due to security concerns.
Sri Lanka Cricket had given its players the freedom to choose if they wish to travel to Pakistan and it is understood many aren't comfortable about the idea with their families not in favour as well.
However, Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain on Tuesday (September 10) brought a completely different angle to Sri Lankan players’ refusal to travel Pakistan.
The Minister accused India of sabotaging Sri Lanka’s tour by threatening their players over IPL contracts.
“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will 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,” he tweeted.
In response, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Harin Fernando dismissed the claims of his Pakistani counterpart and said that Indian board played no role in pull out of Sri Lankan players. He said that 10 players have opted out of the tour “purely” based on the 2009 incident when their team bus was attacked by terrorist which left eight people dead and several others injured.
Meanwhile, Indian fans on Twitter roasted the Pakistani Minister for his irresponsible comments.