Pakistan blind cricketers stuck in Sri Lanka due to the closure of Lahore airport
The cricketers had already incurred the personal expenditure to travel to Sri Lanka.
Updated - Mar 4, 2019 10:34 am
The tension between India and Pakistan at the highest level have escalated in the last few days. The aftermath of the Pulwama attack had led to India launching a surprise attack on the terrorist camps in Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). With a lot happening between the armed forces of the two countries, Pakistan closed the Lahore airport for an indefinite period to avoid any damages to the civilians of the country.
However, this move has affected Pakistan blind cricketers majorly as they are stuck in Sri Lanka. They were on a tour for a island nation recently and were due to return home. But the 24-man squad has been forced to extend their stay in the country and it remains to be seen, when will they be able to be back.
The manager of the team, Chaminda Pushpakumara, highlighted the hardships of the players due to the unexpected situation. He also informed that the cricketers had already paid the personal expenditures for the tour while also hoping for the Sri Lankan Government to assist the visiting players.
“They have been forced to stay longer and also have to pay additional expenditure. They had already incurred personal expenditure to travel to Sri Lanka,” he was quoted as saying by India Today. As far as the Men in Green’s performance is concerned, Pakistan whitewashed Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series.
With the tensions escalating between India and Pakistan on the border, the Sri Lankan airlines has cancelled its flights to Lahore. There is no update as of now even from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on when will the team be able to return home.
Meanwhile, all the matches scheduled in Lahore of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) have also been cancelled by the PCB.