Senior Sri Lankan cricketers agree to tour Pakistan

By Bipin Dani

MUMBAI, October 29, 2019 ( – In a big development, it is learnt that senior Sri Lankan players have agreed to tour Pakistan in December to play two-match test series.

As per the sources close to some senior players, have expressed their willingness to play in Pakistan after junior players have a highly successful Pakistan tour with impressive security arrangements and hospitality.

The news was also confirmed by another source, who revealed to this reporter from Australia that Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella were consulted by the team manager and the tour selector, Ashantha de Mel. 

Kusal Mendis was unfit for the Pakistan tour but Kusal Perera and Dickwella had denied Pakistan tour (for the Limited Over matches). 

Other senior players- Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and few others were consulted in Sri Lanka by the SLC CEO Ashely de Silva (who now has been in Australia with the SLC president Shammi Silva) and their consent have been obtained, it i also learnt here. 

“Dimuth Karunaratne is all set to return as Test captain”, the source in Colombo confirmed. 

“The senior players have understood the important of touring Pakistan now. They have understood that if they don’t travel with solid security guaranteed and other players will grab the opportunity if given a chance. They (the seniors) don’t want to be isolated”, explaining the change of heart by these players, the source added. 

“The two Tests are proposed to be played in Rawalpindi and Karachi. Our team will leave on December 8 (Colombo-Dubai-Islamabad), two days before the first Test and return immediately within a fortnight after the second Test”, the souece further added. 

The team for Pakistan tour will be announced next month. 

In the meantime, Kasun Rajitha, who had a very poor show in the first T-20I against Australia will be replaced by Ishuru Udana or Lahiru for the second match in Brisbane on Wednesday. 

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