The Sri Lankan government i.e. from the Prime Minister’s Office has warned the Lankan cricket team of a possible terrorist threat related information in the upcoming Pakistan tour. After hearing this news, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) have requested the government to allow them to reassess the security concerns in Pakistan for the limited-overs series.
SLC ignored the likes of Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella from the squads as they had already pulled out of the series. The responsibilities have been given to Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka of captaining the team in ODIs and T20Is respectively.
The international teams haven’t showed much of interest of travelling to Pakistan since the attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. Thus, the security issues have been the main reason for the teams’ reluctance.
"We have seen the SLC statement, but are not privy to any information or intelligence report relating to safety of the SL team. The PCB reiterates its commitment to provide complete safety and security to the SL side and in this relation will continue to work with the SLC," read the statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).