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However, it has been reported that as many as 10 first team players have opted out of the tour.
As for the reason for opting out, Pakistan have blamed India for influencing the Lankan players.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka cleared the air.
"Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they'll be ousted from IPL if they don't refuse Pak visit," said Fawad.
Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 10, 2019
"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," said Harin Fernando, Sri Lanka's Sports Minister.
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— Harin Fernando (@fernandoharin) September 10, 2019
The other players are Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) would only select players willing to travel to Pakistan.
International cricket in Pakistan has been hit badly since 2009, following the horrific terror attack on the touring Sri Lankan team.
The attack saw seven Lankan players getting injured, along with assistant coach Paul Farbrace and umpire Ahsan Raza.
The tour was immediately abandoned, while the tournaments involving international cricketers came to a standstill in the cricket-crazy nation.
Meanwhile, security situations have improved in Pakistan over the years, as teams have toured since the 2009 attack.
Teams like Zimbabwe, Windies and even Lanka have toured in the recent years, alongside a World XI team, which toured in 2017.
Moreover, PCB has promised presidential level security for all the touring teams, as the recent tours have been successful.
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