Is Sri Lanka's tour of Pakistan set to be cancelled?

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The tweet should be viewed in the context of as many as ten Sri Lankan players, including the captain of the Sri Lanka T20I side Lasith Malinga, opting out of the forthcoming tour of Pakistan citing security concerns as the reason on Monday.

"As far as we are concerned, the tour is on and we look forward to welcoming the Sri Lanka team in Karachi later this month".

The Sri Lankan cricket board conducted a meeting with the players to inform them about the security arrangements and were given the freedom to decide on their participation in the tour.

After the discussion with the board, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne withdrew to form the tour.

In response to the development, the PCB in a statement said that the participation or non-participation of senior players does not matter as the Sri Lankan team is nevertheless arriving for a complete tour.

Following the briefing, ten Sri Lankan players "chose to stay away" from the series of three ODIs and three T20Is, scheduled to be played from September 27 to October 9. In fact, a former Sri Lankan Air Force Commander had conveyed his confidence in those arrangements to the players.

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The families of the three players are said to be uncomfortable with the prospect of them playing in Pakistan which is understandable since it was in March, 2009 that terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, leading to Pakistan's isolation as as an worldwide cricket destination.

A day after reports surfaced of 10 top Sri Lankan players pulling out of the upcoming tour of Pakistan, a minister in the Imran Khan government has made an outrageous claim about India being responsible for the pull out.

Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka said he believed security would be adequate.

According to the original schedule, Pakistan were scheduled to host Sri Lanka for two World Test Championship matches in October before the visitors return for limited-over fixtures in late December.

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