Ten central contract players from Sri Lanka refused to visit Pakistan for the upcoming T20 series in September 2019. They have a security concern on their visit to Pakistan in the recent month. 

The Sri Lankan security team consisting of board officials and security experts visited Lahore and Karachi for test series arrangements in August 2019. Their findings were satisfied and, after a detailed meeting with Sri Lankan Cricket Board, they agreed to play three T20s in Lahore and Karachi. The Test venues are still under consideration. Test series is most likely to be played in the UAE.

Sri Lanka had a good home series against the Kiwis in August and September 2019. Malinga, the T20 skipper, won the last T20 single-handedly for Sri Lanka. All of sudden Sri Lankan players showed reluctant to visit Pakistan for the T20 series. They were unsatisfied with security arrangements, discussed with the players in a meeting. The sudden reaction of ten players is not beneficial for the revival of cricket in Pakistan. The most surprising element was the refusion of Thisara Perera, who had visited Pakistan three times before. He came to Pakistan along with World XI in 2017 for three T20s. He also played a sensational inning that helped World XI  to won a T20. He visited Pakistan for a T20 along with other teammates in 2017. He also visited Pakistan for a PSL eliminator at Lahore in 2018. His refusal over security concern is something unexpected for the Pakistan cricket fans. The other players who refused to visit are

Lasith Malinga
Niroshan Dickwella
Kusal Janith Perera
Dhananjaya De Silva
Dinesh Chandimal
Thisara Perera
Akila Dhananjaya
Angelo Mathews
Suranga Lakmal
Dimuth Karunaratne

The Sri Lankan cricket board has announced new captain for ODI and T20 series against Pakistan. Lahiru Thrimanne in ODI and Dasun Shanaka in T20 will lead the Sri Lankan side in Pakistan. The minister of Science and Technolgy of Pakistan Mr Ch Fawad Hussain, in a tweet, blames India for the refusal of Sri Lankan cricketers. He said that India is influencing the players by making a deal for IPL over Pakistan's visit. According to him, India always tries to sabotage the process of revival of international cricket in Pakistan. There is no official denial by India, though it seems a purely political statement with no proof.


The Sri Lankan cricket board itself decided to take action against the players by not giving them NOC for the CPL 2019. Many players showed interest in playing CPL 2019 over series against Pakistan. CPL can be one of the reasons for their denial of Pakistan's visit. According to a local news source, the Sri Lankan cricket board has rejected the request of Niroshan Dickwella and Thisara Perera for the issuance of NOC to participate in Carribean Premier League 2019. 

On the other side, Pakistan is happy to host the International cricket regardless of the players' visit. They are also planning to host the fifth season of HBLPSL entirely in Pakistan. The security has always been a concern for many players but, Pakistan has successfully hosted many T20s and One Day Internationals in the last five years.

It seems hard for Pakistan to host Test cricket for the next couple of years. The PCB, government and Security officials are trying their best for the revival of Test cricket. The man who made some great efforts in the rebuild phase, Najam Sethi, is out of the scene since the government change. The government should consider him as a cricket diplomat for his best policies and humble nature to convince International players and officials for their visit to Pakistan. He has put great efforts for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. On a lighter note, he tweeted to reflect his efforts and gravity of the situation. 



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