Pak terror warning for Lanka cricket squad
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s cricket board said on Wednesday it had received warnings the team could be the target of a terror attack during an upcoming tour of Pakistan.
The board said the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office had advised it to “reassess the situation” after it received “reliable information of a possible terrorist threat” against the squad ahead of the six-match limited overs tour. It stopped short of calling off the tour, but said a reassessment of the security situation would be sought from authorities.
The Sri Lanka team was the victim of a terror attack during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. Six Lankan players were injured when gunmen attacked their bus while six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed.
Ten players have already opted out of the upcoming tour citing security fears.
The statement from Sri Lanka Cricket came a short while after the board announced two squads for the three One-Day Internationals and the three T20 matches starting September 27.
Since the 2009 attack, international teams have refused to tour Pakistan.