SLC's decision to send team to Pakistan deserves wide condemnation

By Gavin Van Hoff | October 19, 2017

Tharanga Paranavitana narrowly survived the 2009 Lahore attack with a bullet lodged in his chest. © AFP

It's hard to understand why Sri Lanka, after having been the victims of a terrorist attack in Pakistan in 2009, need to be the first international side to tour there. To say it is an irresponsible and reckless move on the part of Sri Lanka Cricket would be putting it mildly.

Many countries currently have travel advisories, cautioning their citizens from travelling to Pakistan against all non-essential travel, but the Sri Lankan cricket board was determined to make this happen, even conducting security evaluations to validate this ghastly mistake.

No security precautions can prevent determined terrorists. No responsible cricket administration would expose their players to this kind of risk.

Pakistan's security apparatus has been unable to prevent a number of bomb attacks around their troubled nation this month alone, and a visiting international sports team defying the terrorists obviously become targets.

Sri Lanka's cricketers may return unscathed, but the dogged determination to 'help' Pakistan by endangering Sri Lankan cricketers highlights dreadful judgment by Thilanga Sumathipala's administration.

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Anas Islam's picture

We Pakistanis expect the same love support and big heart that we showed in 1996 visiting Srilanka where there were bombs blasts everyday. 100s of people were dieing. Pakista army sent its soldiers commandoes to fight tamils supported by India. we share bond of friendship and brotherhood with our Srilankan brothers and need their help in this time. this article and the way it defined us is really heart breaking.

Anonymous's picture

This is political. Sumathipala is is garnering support from Pakistan, so that he can get votes to become President/Chairman of ICC. Nothing less. This guy will sacrifice anything I mean anything to get there. Shameless.

Anonymous's picture

Agree fully. Not a wise move to take this type of risks! There is no benefit to Sri Lanka from this.

Anonymous's picture

If anything happens on this tour then entire SLC board should be held criminally liable and should have prison terms.

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