SLC To Assess Security Before Lahore T20I

September 22, 2017

The overwhelming success and far-reaching impact of the World XI series means that travelling to Pakistan for cricket is an option now. Sri Lanka are scheduled to travel to Lahore for the third Twenty20 International at the Gaddafi Stadium on October 29, although Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva stressed on the primacy of player security and said that the team will not travel to Lahore if there is a security threat.

In order to ensure safety, the board will be making an early assessment of the security arrangements at Lahore. "As planned, we would be sending one of our security personnel to Pakistan at least two weeks in advance of the team going there to pad out an assessment and give us a report," de Silva said on Thursday (September 21).

"If we feel there is a security threat, we will not send the team. We will assess the situation prior to taking the final call."

Sri Lanka were in the team bus that was attacked by the terrorists in 2009, and it is understandable if some of the mentally scarred players raise concerns about travelling to Lahore. But so far, none of the players has done so, according to de Silva.

"As per the agreement they have signed with Sri Lanka Cricket, there is a contractual obligation, but always the players can bring concerns to the notice of the management. So far they have not brought anything to our notice."

De Silva said that there would be no consequences if certain players do decide to not travel. "I don't think [there will be any action taken against the players], but we would look at their security first and give them the assurance that nothing would happen if they go to Pakistan."

Thisara Perera recently travelled to Lahore with the World XI team and can play an influential role in the team decision. Speaking on the matter, Test captain Dinesh Chandimal said that the players will take a collective call.

"We couldn't talk to Thisara [Perera] much, but when I spoke to him once he said the security was very good," Chandimal told. "The players will have to sit down and make the decision together."


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