COLOMBO (Web Desk) – After Sri Lanka T20I captain Lasith Malinga and ODI skipper Dimuth Karunaratne pulled out of upcoming Pakistan tour, Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the names of new captains, Dunya News reported on Tuesday.
According to details, 30-year-old Lahiru Thirimanne will lead the Islanders in the ODIs while the T20 team will be guided by Dasun Shanaka who celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday.
Ten Sri Lankan players – including Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal – had on Monday pulled out of the tour citing security concerns.
The Sri Lankan cricket board said national players were briefed on security arrangements for the six-match limited over series, and given the freedom to decide if they wanted to travel.
The tour has been seen as another step towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.
Shortly before the announcement, batsman Danushka Gunathilaka told reporters that “about 70 percent of players agree (on touring Pakistan) while 30 percent are not happy”.
“But, from what they told us, I think there will be very tight security.”
This will be Sri Lanka’s second tour of Pakistan since the 2009 attack.
The Sri Lankans returned to Pakistan for a Twenty20 international in Lahore in October 2017 with a squad led by Thisara Perera who has decided to stay out of the tour this time.
Sri Lanka are also to play two Test matches against Pakistan, but the dates and the venue are yet to be announced.
Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Harin Fernando had rejected playing the longer versions of the game in Pakistan and suggested the Tests be played in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan have played many of their home series.
27 Sep – 1st ODI, Karachi
29 Sep – 2nd ODI, Karachi
2 Oct – 3rd ODI, Karachi
5 Oct – 1st T20I, Lahore
7 Oct – 2nd T20I, Lahore
9 Oct – 3rd T20I, Lahore
With inputs from AFP