Player safety is top priority – SLC CEO

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SLC to make final call on Lahore T20 

 

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By Shehan Daniel

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will make the final call on whether the National Team would travel to Lahore, to play a Twenty20 International against Pakistan only after discussing with the players, SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said yesterday. 


Subject to a security clearance, Sri Lanka are scheduled to play the final game of their three-match T20I series in Lahore, returning to the scene of the 2009 terrorist attack where several of their players were injured. 


De Silva said that SLC will send one of their security personnel to Pakistan two weeks before the scheduled match and depending on the report will decide if to allow the team to travel to Lahore.  

“We will assess the security situation whilst the tour is going on (in Abu Dhabi), and make a call on that.

As planned we will be sending one of our security personnel at least two weeks in advance of the team going there and they will provide us a report,” de Silva said. 


De Silva said that the players were contractually obligated to travel to Pakistan if sufficient clearance is received but added that the players’ safety will be the most important factor in the decision. 

 

We will assess the security situation whilst the tour is going on (in Abu Dhabi), and make a call on that. As planned we will be sending one of our security personnel at least two weeks in advance of the team going there and they will provide us a report

 

 

“As per the agreement with SLC, they are obligated but if they have concerns the players can bring it to the notice of the management.”
“I don’t see why they would not want to go if we get a security. We have already informed them that we intend to play a match in Lahore, subject to clearance and so far no one has voiced any concerns,” de Silva said. 

 

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