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PCB says the series against Sri Lanka is on despite several players opting out of the tour

Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) said the selection of the team is an internal matter soon after Sri Lanka cricket announced that 10 players including Lasith Malinga have opted out of the tour to Pakistan.

Though the Sri Lankan board had assured PCB that their team will make it for the series, many senior Sri Lankan team players have expressed their reservations to play in Pakistan citing security reasons.

Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne have opted out of tour.

Tuesday, 10 September: This may pave the way for the series to be held in the UAE, which has been hosting Pakistan’s international matches since 2009.

Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga, former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are among 10 players who have decided against traveling to Pakistan, citing security concerns.

“We understand the situation the Sri Lankan board is facing and we know they can’t force any of their players to come for the tour which remains very important for us,” said a PCB official.

“If this tour is successful, then just think on what grounds would the Sri Lankan board or even the Bangladesh cricket board not agree to play the ICC World Test Championship matches in Pakistan. Regardless of which player (s) are coming, the Sri Lankan national team will tour Pakistan from this month and that is what matters to the board,” he added.

The Sri Lankan team will reach Karachi on September 25 and play three ODIs before going to Lahore for three T20 matches and return home on October 9.

Kusal Mendis was not available for selection due to an injury he suffered during the New Zealand series.