Asanka was assigned to convince Sri Lankan players to tour Pakistan

Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent


If Sri Lankan players have agreed to travel to Pakistan later this month to play the third T-20 on 29th October, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should thank the manager of the Sri Lankan team.
Asanka Gurusiunha, the cricket manager of the Sri Lankan team had been assigned to convince the players to play in Pakistan.
Incidentally, Gurusinha was a member of the Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning team in 1996.
This was revealed by Thilanga Sumathipala, the president of the Sri Lanka Cricket board.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Colombo after his arrival from Auckland (New Zealand), where he went to attend the ICC Board meeting, Sumathipala said, “our team will travel to Pakistan”.
“We had assigned the work of convincing the players to play the third T-20 match in Lahore to Gurusinha”.
The third and last T-20 match of the bilateral series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is scheduled to be played in Lahore later this month and few players of the current team were reported to be reluctant to travel there.
This will be Sri Lankan team’s first visit to Pakistan after the terror attacks on its team in March 2009. Thisara Perera, however, did visit Lahore and played for the rest of the World XI team in Pakistan recently. Sumathipala also confirmed having given the approval to the 4-day trial Test. “We are happy that the ICC agreed for 4-day Test cricket. My first request for the 4-day Test was made in 2004 to the ICC. Duleep Mendis was our CEO then and I was the president of the SLC then”, he said.

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