Sri Lankan Sports Minister Harin Fernando has vetoed statements made by Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry claiming India had endangered the Sri Lankan players to pull out of their tour to Pakistan later this month.
In a post on Twitter, Hernando said, “No truth to reports that India prejudiced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan. Some categorical not to play chastely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we selected players who were ready to travel. We have a full-strength team and we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan.”
Fernando’s tweets follow Chaudhry’s claims where India claimed endangered Sri Lanka players over not being able to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they toured to Pakistan.
No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan.Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan
— Harin Fernando (@fernandoharin) September 10, 2019
Fawad had tweeted, “Informed sports commentators told me that India endangered SL players that they’ll be exiled from IPL if they don’t reject Pakistan visit. This is a really cheap scheme, jingoism from sports to space is something we must convict, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities.”
Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 10, 2019