Sri Lanka sports minister joins his team to Pakistan tour

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s sports minister declared Wednesday he would join the national cricket team on their first match in Pakistan since shooters assaulted their team transport in Lahore eight years back.

Dayasiri Jayasekara said Sri Lanka was happy with security arrangements for the Twenty20 last in Lahore later in October notwithstanding reservations from a few players. “It is ok for our team. I am going with them to exhibit that it is ok for us,” Jayasekara told journalist in Colombo.

“The ICC (International Cricket Council) has additionally said it is alright for us to visit Pakistan.”

A few best players have hauled out of the three-match series beginning Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, worried about security when the last moves to Lahore on October 29. Sources near Sri Lanka’s cricket board say mentor Nic Pothas will also not join the squad in Lahore.

It will be Sri Lanka’s first visit to Pakistan since 2009 when shooters opened fire on their squad bus, slaughtering eight individuals and harming seven going by colleagues and care staff. No best worldwide side has played in Pakistan since the assault.