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Shoaib Akhtar disappointed with Sri Lankan cricketers skipping Pakistan tour

Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar has expressed his thoughts and was upset with Sri Lankan players refusing to tour Pakistan.

“So disappointed with the 10 Sri Lankan players who have pulled out of Pakistan tour,” the Rawalpindi Express tweeted on Wednesday. “Pakistan has always been a huge support for Sri Lanka Cricket.”

The tour has now come under doubt after Sri Lanka Cricket, in spite having announced the squads for the tour, stated that it will reassess the situation before going ahead with the tour after receiving “reliable information of a terror threat”.

Akhtar added that Pakistan’s U19 team toured Sri Lanka after the terrorist attacks in the island-nation on Easter.

Related: Sri Lanka announces ODI and T20 squads for Pakistan tour

Akhtar stated that Pakistan sent a combined team with India in 1996 to play a friendly match when teams such as Australia and West Indies were refusing to tour the country.

“We expect to respond from Sri Lanka. Their board is cooperating, players should also.”

Related: Top Sri Lankans opt-out of Pakistan cricket tour over security fears

Ten Sri Lankan players have refused to be a part of the touring squads which are to play a three-match ODI series in Karachi and the same number of T20Is in Lahore.

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