Lankan skipper Karunaratne, Malinga reluctant to tour Pakistan for series

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Sri Lanka ODI skipper Dimuth Karunarate is reluctant to tour Pakistan for the upcoming limited-overs series in September-October, 2019.

According to a Sri Lanka daily, Karunaratne communicated his apprehensions regarding the tour to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Meanwhile veteran Sri Lankan pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is also reluctant to visit Pakistan.

The newspaper claimed that the SLC approved the tour to Pakistan without consulting the players.

On the other hand, the SLC officials are confident that they will be able to convince the players to travel to Pakistan and have held a meeting to listen to players concerns in this regard on September 9.

It is worth mentioning here that the PCB and SLC had announced to swap matches of the split series in Pakistan, meaning the ODIs and the T20Is will now be played from September 27 to October 9 while the Tests will be held in December.