‘The board is hurt’ – PCB reacts to SLC President’s ‘fed-up’ comment
PCB had reminded the SLC officials that the players were given the option of going out and playing golf or shopping.
Updated - Oct 14, 2019 12:40 pm
The Sri Lankan tour of Pakistan was seen as one of the first steps towards the eventual restoration of cricket in the terror-savaged nation. And, the tour turned out to be quite a revelation. After Pakistan notched up the One-day series 2-0, Sri Lankan youngsters to the tune of Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga and of-course their skipper Dasun Shanaka, stepped up big time to upstage the No.1 T20I side in the world in their own den by 3-0.
Following the successful culmination of the Sri Lankan tour, who became the first full-member side to tour Pakistan for a full-fledged white-ball tour, the likes of Danushka Gunathilaka, other players as well as its Board President have been quite vocal about the security provided to them by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The Sri Lankan Cricket President Shammi Silva made a massive U-turn while returning home where he alluded, “The players had to stay inside the hotel. I got fed up staying for three or four days. We have to talk to the players & support staff & see how this will affect the Test series.”
PCB disappointed by SLC President remarks
The Sri Lankan Cricket President’s remarks have not gone down well with the Pakistan Cricket Board. The Cricket Board, who is trying their level best to restore cricket back in the nation, has felt let down by the remarks.
“The PCB is very disappointed and hurt over such comments as presidential level security was provided to the visiting team on the insistence of their board. We wanted to make their stay as comfortable as possible,” a PCB source said as quoted by Sportstar.
The source also said that the PCB had reminded the SLC officials that the players were given the option of going out and playing golf or shopping. The source noted that while some strong security measures were there but saying that they were “fed-up” after being confined to their hotel was not fair.
Islanders Sri Lanka will next play against Australia from October 27 in the three-match T20I series in Australia.