Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of Pakistan will go ahead as planned, an ICC statement said on Thursday.
Hours after naming second-string squads for their proposed tour, Sri Lanka Cricket had said in a statement that they need to “reassess” their plan after receiving a warning from the Prime Minister’s Office about a possible terror threat to the team.
“Following assurances from the Pakistan government, SLC have said they are happy for the tour to proceed,” the ICC statement on their website said.
“The assurances from the Pakistan government include that the Pakistan army will coordinate the security the arrangements, and that the level of protection will be equivalent to that received by a head of state, ” the statement added.
The Islanders are slated to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Pakistan with the first 50-over game on 27 Sep in Karachi.
However, due to security issues, top Lanka players namely T20 skipper Lasith Malinga, former captains Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella had decided not to visit Pakistan.
It is to note that Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of Pakistan will feature the first Tests played in the country since a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in 2009. Since the attack, international cricket has been played in Pakistan only intermittently, with the United Arab Emirates serving as their adopted home.