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5 times international teams refused to play due to security reasons

Terrorism over the years has halted various mediums of entertainment to the general public.

Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis. (Photo Source: Twitter)

With terrorism growing in stature, security threats have been halting various sources of entertainment for the general public. From mass gatherings to witnessing a concert, a sports contest or any public exhibition is always packed with tight security as one never knows where the threat is coming from.

Cricket has been a victim of this many times. Fans in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan have barely witnessed any proper action in recent years, because of the chaos that has happened in the past or which is happening currently.

Various cricket boards in the last few years have been very particular in sending their teams to Asian countries which are either allegedly involved in these negative practices or have been regular victims of it. Here are the five International tours which got cancelled due to security threats.

1. Australia and Windies in the 1996 World Cup

Australia and Windies in the 1996 World Cup
Australia and Windies in the 1996 World Cup. (photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

1996 began on a horrible note for the Sri Lankans as the Central Bank of Colombo was bombed in January. This happened just one month prior to the World Cup, which the Lankans eventually won. But there were various security concerns in the games which Sri Lanka hosted and the likes of Windies and Australia forfeited the match they were going to play in Sri Lanka.

As it turned out, both Australia and Windies teams managed to reach the semifinals and faced each other. It was the last time Windies ever reached a 50-overs World Cup semifinals. Australia won that game but lost to Sri Lanka in the final which was held in Lahore.

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