Sri Lanka skipper pulls out of Pakistan tour citing security reasons

Cricket First ODI between SL Pakistan to get underway shortly

Earlier, Sri Lanka's players had indicated strong reluctance to visit Pakistan for the third and final T20I.

"Accordingly, the selection committee of the SLC will finalize a squad of 22 by Tuesday and announce the final 15 on Friday", the SLC said in a statement.

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday announced the 16-man squad for the three-match Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka starting next week.

Captain Upul Tharanga scored an unbeaten 112 and became the first Sri Lanka batsman to carry his bat in an ODI, before his team was bowled out for 187 in 48 overs.

Thisera Parera, who was part of the World XI team that visited Pakistan in September for the Independence Cup, did not sign the letter, CricBuzz said.

Both teams kept the same sides which featured in the first match that Pakistan won in Dubai by 83 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

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Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board, however, claimed that the SLC will try and convince the players to tour Lahore.

The SLC had obtained security clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the game to be held in Lahore.

The report also added that from the current squad playing the ODI series in UAE, only four Sri Lankan players - Thisara Perera, Dishad Munaweera, Ashan Priyanjan, Isuru Udana - have agreed to tour Pakistan, as of now.

Sri Lanka's cricket authority said on Monday it will go ahead with its tour of Pakistan later this month for the third and final Twenty20 match despite security concerns expressed by several players. If the government is confident of the security situation, then the President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe should also travel to Lahore and attend the Gadafi Stadium.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI will begin at 4:30 PM IST (1100 hrs GMT) since it is a day-night fixture.

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