PCB and SLC chiefs in top secret meeting

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar M Khan had made a very brief and top secret visit to Sri Lanka last morning to have a discussion with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Jayantha Dharmadasa and invite Sri Lanka “A” and Under 19 teams to tour Pakistan.

What appears to be a desperate move by the PCB Chairman to show the world that Pakistan is safe enough for visiting sports teams comes amidst prolonged sporting isolation faced by the country ravaged by the constant threat of terrorism.

Khan had earlier visited Bangladesh on Monday to meet cricket officials and had made a similar request.

“Pakistan's cricket board chief has urged Bangladesh to send "any team," even "at the level of A teams and Under 19" Indian news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.

Interestingly, Khan had only met Dharmadasa while several other top SLC officials contacted by “Daily Mirror” said they were unaware of the PCB Chairman’s sudden visit.

It shows that interaction among SLC officials are at a very poor level which obviously not serves well for the development of the game.

Last evening Dharmadasa emailed the other top SLC officials to inform them that he had met Khan.

Dharmadasa had stated that Khan, on his way to Dubai - from New Delhi, arrived here on a brief visit and met him for a short meeting.

He had revealed that Khan had invited Sri Lanka A team, U-19, and U-17 teams  to visit Pakistan, and had suggested that SLC officials carry out a security assessment before sending the team.

Khan had indicated that currently, Pakistan’s situation “has improved drastically” and would host Sri Lankan officials to carry out the security assessments.
Interestingly, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was reported by international media in May this year to have said that Sri Lankan cricket team must go to Pakistan and play there.

 “We must go and play there also. We can’t allow the terrorists to have control” President Rajapaksa was quoted as saying during a meeting with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain in China.

No major international sports teams have visited Pakistan since Sri Lankan cricketers were attacked on March 3, 2009 in Lahore by terrorists.
The bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, was fired upon by 12 gunmen, near the Gaddafi Stadium when the team was on its way to play the third day of the second Test against the Pakistan.

Seven cricketers Thilan Samaraweera, Kumar Sangakkara, Tharanga Paranavitana, Ajantha Mendis, Chaminda Vaas, Mahela Jayawardene and Suranga Lakmal were injured while Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed.

Sri Lankan cricket officials had taken the decision to send the team to Pakistan as a replacement for the Indian team, who had pulled out after the famous Mumbai attacks.

The Wikipedia article on the attacks states that, In order to persuade the Sri Lankan team to visit, the Pakistan government offered to arrange "presidential-style security".

The tour was undertaken despite several warnings. (Channaka de Silva)
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  • Hambanda Friday, 10 October 2014 03:59 AM

    Our man must be seeking expert advice.

    chandi Friday, 10 October 2014 05:08 AM

    Top secret meeting exposed to the media by whom?????????????

    Waco Friday, 10 October 2014 10:32 AM

    Please do not send the Cricketers , it is risky.
    Me must support Pakistan in a safer way. They have supported Sri Lanka,
    Send a team of retired cricketers with Sanath Jayasuriya as the captain.

    mount Friday, 10 October 2014 11:32 AM

    HOW WIN IN A BETTING.

    Pissu pusa Friday, 10 October 2014 07:06 AM

    First send a team comprising of our government mp's ministers and thier sons catained by sanath and ramith as his deputy

    gobbaya Friday, 10 October 2014 07:27 AM

    sending lambs to the wolves den....via DM Android App

    linar de silva Friday, 10 October 2014 07:39 AM

    "Famous" or "infamous" attack on Mumbai ? Come on !

    Man Friday, 10 October 2014 07:50 AM

    No risk must be taken.

    Sammy Friday, 10 October 2014 08:04 AM

    The Pakistan Government's assurance to provide adequate security should be sought first. Otherwise the cricketers would be exposed to worse risk than last time.

    Dias Sunday, 12 October 2014 01:44 PM

    We HAVE to support Pakistan stand by them how they stood by us. If the team is willing to go there...... Send them. via DM Android App

    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 10 October 2014 02:31 AM

    Secret pact to topple ICC ?

    lkboy Friday, 10 October 2014 08:21 AM

    even if Bangladesh are reluctant to send a team, why should we? our cricketers are a national treasure.

    Shirani Kolambage Friday, 10 October 2014 01:58 PM

    First send rugby team . Pakistan is land of bomb. Pissu natanda epaa anee.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 10 October 2014 03:02 AM

    Pakistan must start from somewhere, we must support them, extremism apart.


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