Sri Lanka denies claims India influenced players on Pakistan tour

Sri Lanka has denies claims India influenced Sri Lankan cricketers not to play in Pakistan.

Sports Minister Harin Fernando said that some players decided not to play in Pakistan purely based on the 2009 incident.

“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.

A day after 10 Sri Lankan players refused to travel to Pakistan citing security reasons, Pakistan minister Fawad Hussain alleged India had influenced their decision.

He said that “informed sports commentators” had informed him the Sri Lankan players were confronted by Indian authorities and were told they would be excluded from the IPL if they went to play in Pakistan.

International cricket hasn’t been played in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. (Colombo Gazette)

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