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Shahid Afridi Also Accuses IPL For Influencing Sri Lankan Players
By CricShots - Sep 20, 2019 2:08 pm
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On Thursday, Sri Lanka’s cricket board clarified that their players will be traveling to Pakistan despite the terror threat during the six-match visit. The tour was put in jeopardy after Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) revealed last week that they received a warning at their Prime Minister’s Office. Some Sri Lankan players including T20I skipper Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, and Dimuth Karunaratne decided to boycott the Pakistan tour.

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While Pakistan legend Javed Miandad lashed out at the Sri Lankan players asking the SLC to penalize those who had refused to travel, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi came up with a ludicrous claim that the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the reason behind some Sri Lankan players’ decision to boycott.

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In a video interview, Shahid Afridi claimed that the IPL threatened not to give Sri Lankan players a contract if they toured Pakistan. He was heard saying, “Sri Lankan players are under pressure from IPL franchises. I spoke to Sri Lankan players last time when there was the talk of them coming to Pakistan and playing in PSL. They said they wanted to come, but IPL guys say if you go to Pakistan we won’t give you a contract. Pakistan’s always supported Sri Lanka, it never happened that we had a tour of Sri Lanka and our players rested. “

Here is a snippet of Afridi’s bizarre claim posted on Twitter:

On Thursday, Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva said they received clearance from the defense ministry to leave for Pakistan on Tuesday. As per the quotes in AFP, De Silva said, “We have the green light from the defense ministry. The tour is on as we planned. I myself and our office bearers will also be accompanying the team.”

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The terror threat was examined by the defense ministry for investigation. The Sri Lanka team was the target of an attack during a Test match in Pakistan’s Lahore on March 2009, with six players injured when gunmen attacked their bus.

Six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed. Since the attack, a majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country. Sri Lanka’s first match in Lahore after that was one T20 game against Pakistan in October 2017.