Sri Lanka to reassess security in Pakistan after terror attack warning
Sri Lanka Cricket said it had received information about a possible terror attack targetting its national team during the forthcoming tour of Pakistan.
Hours after announcing its squads for the limited-overs fixtures in Pakistan, Sri Lanka's cricket board claimed it will now seek the assistance of its government to "conduct a ‘reassessment’ of the security situation."
The fate of the tour hinges upon the security assessment despite a Sri Lankan delegation, visiting Pakistan last month, having already expressed satisfaction at the security arrangements in place.
"The warning highlights that the Prime Minister’s Office has received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the Sri Lankan team, while touring Pakistan," the board's statement read.
Ten Sri Lankan cricketers had already opted out of the upcoming tour citing security concerns and this latest development may serve as a hindrance to the remaining squad members willing to travel to Pakistan.
The Sri Lankan team came under the attack of militants in the midst of a Test match in Lahore in March 2009, which resulted in injuries to six of the touring players.
Since the terrorist attack, several international teams have avoided visiting Pakistan over security fears although a depleted Sri Lanka squad captained by Thisara Perera returned to Lahore to play a solitary T20 international in 2017.
Sri Lanka's tour to Pakistan will consist of three ODIs and as many T20Is with the first game scheduled to be held in Karachi on September 27.