India pressured Sri Lankan players to refuse Pak visit: Fawad Chaudhry

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhary, on Tuesday said India threatened the Sri Lankan players to cancel their tour to Pakistan.

In a post on Twitter, Chaudhry said, “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL [Sri Lankan] players that they’ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pakistan 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,” the minister added.

Chaudhry’s tweet comes a day after 10 Sri Lankan players withdrew from their upcoming tour of Pakistan citing security concerns.

According to the Sri Lankan Cricket board, players in a preliminary squad were briefed on security arrangements for the six-match limited over series starting September 27 and it was left upon the players to decide if they wanted to travel.

Ten players, including T20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, pulled out from the series of three one-day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20 games.

The other seven who excused from joining the tour were Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal, and Dimuth Karunaratne.