India does not stop Sri Lankan cricketers from visiting Pakistan, says Sri Lankan sports minister

India does not stop Sri Lankan cricketers from visiting Pakistan, says Sri Lankan sports minister

Colombo: Sri Lankan Minister of Sports Henry Fernando has said that reports of Indian involvement in preventing cricketers from visiting Pakistan are not correct.

In his message on the social networking site, Aaron Fernando said some players refused to play matches in Pakistan in view of the terrorist attacks in 2009, honoring their decision and displaying cricketers. Selected, a strong team will take the field, hoping to beat Pakistan at home ground.

Yesterday, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had said that the Indian cricket board is behind the refusal of Sri Lankan top cricketers to come to Pakistan. He said that people who are aware of the cricket field are saying that the cricketers of Indian cricket have threatened Sri Lankan cricketers that if they go to Pakistan, they will consider themselves out of the IPL, take a gap. India's hatred for cricket is extremely ignorant in every respect. Indian sports authorities should be ashamed.

Remember that 10 Sri Lankan cricketers have refused to come to Pakistan. They include one-day captain Damothy Karuna Ratna, Twenty20 captain Lister Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Soranga Lakmal, Akela Dhananjaya, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjia De Silva, Niroshan Dacula and Thassara Pereira.