Lahiru Thirimane, the captain of the Sri Lankan ODI team going on a tour of Pakistan, expressed his satisfaction with the security arrangements. Earlier, Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) named Thirimane and Dasun Shanaka as ODI and captain of the T20 team for their tour after their senior players refused to go on a Pak tour. Thirimane said, “My whole focus is on cricket and not safety.” Also said that SLC has shared the security plan with us and we are satisfied with it. I have told them that my family is also satisfied with the security measures and they have no problem. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are scheduled to play a three-match ODI series on September 27, September 29 and October 2 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Thirimane said that if your family does not give permission then it becomes difficult to decide on the tour.
The two teams will then play a three-match T20 series on October 5, 7 and 9 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. After this Sri Lanka will also host Pakistan for the two-match World Test Championship in December. Thirimane said that if your family does not give permission then it becomes difficult to decide on the tour.
Despite this, we also respect the decision of experienced players who have withdrawn their name from this tour. Thirimane believes that despite the absence of senior players, his team is very strong. The captain said, for me it is just like another series. There is no additional pressure on me for captaincy. Also said that if we play according to our ability then we can win the series. Earlier in Pakistan, at least 10 players of the Sri Lankan cricket team withdrew from the tour due to security reasons.