No question of backing out of Pak tour: SLC
SL Cricket Chief Executive Duleep Mendis said his board would consult the players before finalising Pakistan tour itinerary but made it clear that there was no question of backing out of the series.cricket Updated: Jan 02, 2009 11:21 IST
Sri Lanka Cricket Chief Executive Duleep Mendis said his board would consult the players before finalising Pakistan tour itinerary but made it clear that there was no question of backing out of the series.
Mendis dismissed reports that the delay in finalisation of itinerary was due to Sri Lankan players being reluctant to tour Pakistan.
"We have already confirmed to our Pakistani counterparts that we will be touring their country. We will definitely honour our commitment. Reports of our possible pullout from the tour are not true," Mendis told Geo News.
"There are few things which we're discussing with the PCB and our players and then we'll finalise the itinerary, may be in few days ... I would say in a couple of days .... But the tour is definitely on," Mendis said.
Pakistan had invited Sri Lanka to play three Tests and five one-day internationals after India cancelled its tour in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.
Sources say the Lankan authorities want a confirmation from their players on the number of matches they would play in Pakistan and the financial details for the tour as it is not part of the Future Tour Programme of the ICC.
PCB Chief Operating Officer Saleem Altaf said he didn't think the Sri Lankans were delaying the confirmation of the itinerary because of a possible pullout.
"They have some issues to sort out internally and will get back to us soon. On our part we are preparing for the series," he said.