Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Upul Tharanga has reportedly boycotted the Pakistan T-20 series where the last match was scheduled to be played in Lahore. Tharanga cites his discarding as ‘security concerns’. Because of this, he’ll also have to sit put both the T-20s as the Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) has decided onl one squad will be able to play the series.
With Tharanga missing, keeper Kusal perera looks set to lead the side if he can shake off a hamstring injury he’s been suffering since June. After Thisara Perera, Lankan players Dilshan Munaweera, Ashan Priyanjan, Isuru Udana, have agreed to tour as SLC continued negotiating with other players.
There was a surprise when as many as 40 contracted players gave a signed letter to the board indicating their reluctance to travel to Lahore. Despite some of them softening their stance, players like Lasith Maling a & Angel omathews remain firm on their decision. Malinga, not part of the ODI squad, was eyeing the T-20 series as his comeback from injury.
In the current squad, Suranga Lakmal and Chamara Kapugedera were inside the Sri Lankan bus when armed terrorists opened fire as they were travelling to third day’s play of the second Test in March 2009. With Lakmal joining Malinga & Mathews, Kapugedara seems to be willing to travel to Lahore.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying to bring circket back into the country after eight years. A world XI played three T-20 matches against Pakistan this year. Besides Sri Lanka, PCB wants to have bilateral series against West Indies or South Africa.