Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

World

Dilshan will not return

CARDIFF, Wales, May 25 – Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said Wednesday he would not play cricket in Pakistan again after an invitation for his side to return to the troubled nation, two years after they were attacked there, was rejected.

Dilshan was on the Sri Lanka team bus shot at by militants in Lahore in March 2009 during an attack which killed eight people and injured seven membrs of the tour party.

Asked if he would ever go back to Pakistan with Sri Lanka, Dilshan — leading the team in the first Test against England that starts here on Thursday — told reporters: "I don’t think so. It was a bad experience for me as a cricketer in Pakistan.

"As a player, I don’t want to go through the same experience in the future.

"My personal view, I don’t want to go back to play cricket there."

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced at the weekend they had invited Sri Lanka to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 game in a series proposed for October.

However, the invitation was turned down by Sri Lanka Cricket chairman D.S. de Silva, who said Tuesday: "The circumstances, with regards to security, don’t allow us to play matches there. Even the ICC (International Cricket Council) has not given us security clearance."

Since the attack, no major nation has toured Pakistan, forcing the country to play ‘home’ series in the United Arab Emirates, England and New Zealand.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

On Monday, Afghanistan became the first foreign squad to arrive in Pakistan following the attack on the Sri Lankan players. The Afghans will take on a second-string Pakistani national team in a three-match series.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

More on Capital Sports

Football

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...

NFL

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...

Athletics

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8 – Olympic Champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya have hinted that they might be expecting a baby in a...

Athletics

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Daniel Wanjiru, the 2017 London Marathon champion has been slapped with a four-year ban by the World Athletics Disciplinary...

© 2020 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved