Keep politics out of sports: journalist slams Fawad Chaudhry

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Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry is again under hot waters for turning another narrative against India after he claimed that the neighboring country pressured the Sri Lankan players to withdraw from upcoming Pakistan’s tour.

A journalist, Absa Komal, criticised Fawad Chaudhry for making such allegations and asked the federal minister to keep politics out of sports.

“Only Malinga is a regular feature of IPL, rest doesn’t feature in the league regularly,” the journalist wrote, “Let’s keep politics out of sports.”

She went on to state that Sri Lanka has revoked the NOC of two players who refused to tour Pakistan and have asked them to join the training camp.

“Hopefully they will agree,” she added.

n a tweet, Sri Lankan sports minister Harin Fernando also dismissed suggestions that India had threatened Sri Lankan players to withdraw from upcoming Pakistan’s tour.

He said that some players pulled out of the tour due to 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

A day earlier, Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry claimed that India had threatened Sri Lankan players to deny them IPL contracts if they went ahead with Pakistan’s tour.

“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll 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,” Chaudhry tweeted.

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.

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