Although forty contracted Sri Lankan players handed a letter to their cricket board emphasizing their reluctance to tour Pakistan for the last T-20 of the series, Sri Lanka’s support staff has agreed to tour Pakistan with a view to playing the last T-20 match of the series. Alongside the staff, there are few players who have reportedly also moved away from their firm stance of not travelling to Pakistan.
This Lankan support staff includes four former international cricketers, Nic Pothas (head coach), Asanka Gurusinha (manager), Hashan Thilakaratne (batting coach) and Rumesh Ratnayake. They agreed to travel after Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur spoke to them. The support staff will now individually write to Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva. With all these new developments, some players have also agreed to re-evaluate their stance.. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed satisfaction with security arrangements in Pakistan.
The Lankan board has said that they understood the players’ concern but will conduct their own security assessment. Suranga Lakmal and Chamara Kapugedera will have bad nightmares as they were on the team bus when it was attacked by the terrorists in March 2009.