Sri Lankan sports minister denies Fawad Chaudhry’s claim on Indian pressure

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COLOMBO: Sri Lankan sports minister Harin Fernando has dismissed suggestions that India had pressurized Lankan players to withdraw from upcoming Pakistan’s tour.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Fernando said that there was no truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan.

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

“We have a full strength team and we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,” he added.

“No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan.Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,” Fernando tweeted.

Earlier, Federal Science Minister 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.

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