No fear in playing in Pakistan; Jayasuriya

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Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya said that he has no security fears in playing Pakistan, the Pakistan Today reported.

“Whatever had happened to our national team (on March 3, 2009) was bad, but yes, I have no security fear now and both teams will play the matches for the noble cause”, Sanath Jayasuriya said.

Five Pakistani policemen escorting the team bus were killed in the gunfire and seven Sri Lanka players and the assistant coach Paul Farbace were injured. The bus carrying the match-officials was in a convoy on its way to the stadium ahead of the third day of the second Test. The fourth umpire Ehsan Raza was in a critical condition in an intensive care unit in Lahore.

Now the former Sri Lanka captain will lead the World XI in Pakistan on coming Saturday and Sunday. The match is scheduled to be played against the Pakistan team and both teams will have current as well as "not retired" players. The Pakistani team for the two Twenty20 matches will be led by their local hero, Shahid Afridi.

The players will be staying in Shereton Hotel and the presidential-level security has been assured to the players. "Pakistan is our neighboring country and when the match is being arranged for the charity cause (flood relief), we had no hesitation to go there", he added.

Several players from South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan have agreed to participate in two matches. The organizers have also been trying to invite Farveez Maharoof for this four-day trip. The 29-year-old Sri Lankan all-rounder was a member of the touring ODI team in 2009, but was later withdrawn for the Test matches.

"Yes, I await government permission to travel to Pakistan", the cricketer-turned politician, Jayasuriya added.

"Since the match is being organized by the Sindh Province, I see no difficulty", he said. Organizers have Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) blessings to host both matches at the international venue, National Stadium in Karachi.
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  • Cowdrey Monday, 15 October 2012 11:58 AM

    Sana said....,."SHOW ME THE MONEY "

    dave Monday, 15 October 2012 12:31 PM

    As long as Money Paid..................................... only.

    malkanthi Monday, 15 October 2012 06:56 AM

    Sanath did not experience this terror so its easy to comment, This is how politicians speak!

    sirisena Monday, 15 October 2012 06:56 AM

    The stadium will be packed for all these matches, as cricket is returning to Pakistan, after many years.

    Dennis Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Purely a political agenda, Sanath isn't a player anymore. He's just another politician who even eat shit for money and power. via DM Android App

    Roshan Hassen Monday, 15 October 2012 12:00 AM

    A good move by Sanath and of course we must help our close friend Pakistan when needed..... Sri Lanka is a frend to all. ... SRI LANKA LAND LIKE NO OTHER.. via DM Android App

    Shri Monday, 15 October 2012 01:35 PM

    To welcome international cricket back in Pakistan He s gonna lead the All star 11 to play vs Pakistan next month

    ChamaraJ Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:46 AM

    Here is the World Eleven.....you decide it is really for charity !!!!!
    World XI: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Ricardo Powell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Charles Lawson, Adam Sanford (West Indies), Justin Kemp, Lungile Bosman, Mthandeki Tschabalala, Andre Nel, Andre Johann Seymore, M.Hayword (South Africa), Shapoor Zadran and Mohammad Shehzad Mohammadi (Afghanistan).

    Officials: Alvin Kallicharan (coach), Shoaib Mohammad (assistant coach) and Jeff Millar (manager).

    AP Monday, 15 October 2012 07:51 AM

    Want to know how much of money they have promised??I don't think SJ will take a risk unless there is a good deal...

    josh Monday, 15 October 2012 12:00 AM

    where there is money,there's sanath. via DM Android App

    Prasannajit Monday, 15 October 2012 08:08 AM

    It is money talking.

    Rohan Monday, 15 October 2012 08:05 AM

    He will not be in the team. So he should not give his comments on safety. The players should decide- not a washed out cricketer.

    Nirmal Monday, 15 October 2012 08:27 AM

    Salli Koheda.. Sanath Ethana... !!!

    lk Monday, 15 October 2012 08:20 AM

    that's bcos you did not experience that unfortunate event.

    vira Monday, 15 October 2012 12:00 AM

    he is no more in the team. typical srilankan politician.r via DM Android App

    Zabi Monday, 15 October 2012 09:24 AM

    Well done Sir!

    idroos Monday, 15 October 2012 09:39 AM

    Its good to have matches to be played in pakistan .I doubt whethe the taliban are real muslims .No muslims would ever ever think of harming a human being

    kolla Monday, 15 October 2012 09:44 AM

    Crazy !!! Don't make political comments if you want go and play alone, not with anybody else.

    Saman Monday, 15 October 2012 09:51 AM

    Oh Sana boy.....why?

    chintha Monday, 15 October 2012 09:57 AM

    Dude

    What are you talking, the just attacked a army camp broad day light. Who paid you to issue this statement..

    Seriously man, don't be too greedy for money...

    Sanath Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:20 AM

    No, no..you didn't get..!! he is talking about 'Dancing.. he wants to go to P'tan dance with another mate..he couldn't click in India..

    Spencer48 Monday, 15 October 2012 10:18 AM

    Seriously you need to retire from all forms of cricket . . . . . . . Only thing you think of is money . .. ..

    Arun Monday, 15 October 2012 10:19 AM

    He should stop talking nonsense , he doesn’t have any idea about security situation in Pakistan . The other day heard that one of the school girl who has been talking about education for Pakistani girls was shot by Taliban gun men and miraculously saved her life yet still receiving treatments in UK . So extremists bin PAK don’t care whether it’s a Cricket team from Sri Lanka or from US they will target and go for it surely . Luckily Sanath didn't make this comment during the international TV commentary which he had taken part recently

    Kanthie Monday, 15 October 2012 10:34 AM

    Sun sanana nana sun sanannanum......

    jan Monday, 15 October 2012 10:43 AM

    He is retired, so the choice is his. Good to be fit to play at that age. keep counting the beans.

    proctor Monday, 15 October 2012 10:45 AM

    Typical political tone, baseless and brainless. Reserve our comments for fan talks SJ.

    Labby Monday, 15 October 2012 11:01 AM

    What has he to be afraid of? He has his security contingent around him all the while.

    Rosh Monday, 15 October 2012 10:55 AM

    Need not to worry. Send him there, and many of our worries would be over s he is not afraid. And somebody please tell him that he is no longer in the B team even.

    true sri lankan Monday, 15 October 2012 10:57 AM

    its not safe for us...

    kandykolla Monday, 15 October 2012 11:10 AM

    This is not about taliban, real muslim bad muslim bla..bla...... First we have to concern the safety of our players !!

    ZScore Monday, 15 October 2012 11:34 AM

    Exactly.. or has no idea on any recent developments in Pakistan..


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