Sports

Shahid Afridi has blamed IPL for Sri Lanka players not touring Pakistan: Journalist

ANI | September 20, 2019 05:45 PM
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi

New Delhi [India], Sept 20 (ANI): Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has blamed the Indian Premier League (IPL) for several Sri Lanka players opting out of the upcoming Pakistan tour, according to a Pakistani journalist.

Journalist Saj Sadiq took to Twitter on Thursday and made a series of posts quoting Afridi.

"Shahid Afridi 'Pakistan's always supported SL, it never happened that we had a tour of SL & our players rested. SL's board should put pressure on their contracted players to go to Pakistan. SL players who'll come will always be remembered in Pakistan's history'," Sadiq tweeted.

He wrote, "Shahid Afridi 'Sri Lankan players are under pressure from IPL franchises. I spoke to SL players last time when there was talk of them coming to Pakistan & playing in PSL. They said they wanted to come, but IPL guys say if you go to Pakistan we won't give you a contract'."

Sri Lanka are scheduled to start their tour of Pakistan later this month for three ODI and an equal number of T20I matches.

However, on September 9, ten Sri Lankan players chose not to participate in the series. The players are Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had on September 11 announced their ODI and T20I squads which will tour Pakistan.

The ODI squad: Lahiru Thirimanne (capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, and Lahiru Kumara

The T20I team: Dasun Shanaka (capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara.

The first ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will be played on September 27 in Karachi. (ANI)

Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
Anti-larva team detects 23 larva cases
Anti-larva team detects 23 larva cases
Closed Day for voters of Haryana working in Punjab factories
Closed Day for voters of Haryana working in Punjab factories
More than 10,000 people visit digital museum in LKC ground during three days
More than 10,000 people visit digital museum in LKC ground during three days
First Self Help Group Mela of Punjab-‘LAADO’ to be held from 23rd-24th October
First Self Help Group Mela of Punjab-‘LAADO’ to be held from 23rd-24th October
Veterinary pharmacist meeting held in Gandhi park.
Veterinary pharmacist meeting held in Gandhi park.
Strict legal action to be taken against those encroaching roads outside their shops: MC Commissioner
Strict legal action to be taken against those encroaching roads outside their shops: MC Commissioner
Mansa to host Punjab Games Women under 25 again in November, DC
Mansa to host Punjab Games Women under 25 again in November, DC
Dedicated to 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak, International Sikh Youth Conference and Interfaith Global Summit on 19-20 October
Dedicated to 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak, International Sikh Youth Conference and Interfaith Global Summit on 19-20 October
Sant Ravidas Temple demolition finds resonance in Haryana, Oppn scrambles to corner Dalit votes
Sant Ravidas Temple demolition finds resonance in Haryana, Oppn scrambles to corner Dalit votes
Ram Temple not political issue, but matter of faith of entire Hindu society: senior RSS leader Vaidya
Ram Temple not political issue, but matter of faith of entire Hindu society: senior RSS leader Vaidya
Guru Ram Das’s 485th `Gurpurab’ celebrated at Khalsa College Campus
Guru Ram Das’s 485th `Gurpurab’ celebrated at Khalsa College Campus
Distribution of safety kits to Municipal Corporation Safai Karmchari/ragpickers under Swachhta hi Sewa event organized by HPCL Jalandhar
Distribution of safety kits to Municipal Corporation Safai Karmchari/ragpickers under Swachhta hi Sewa event organized by HPCL Jalandhar