Pakistan's plans to provide maximum possible international cricket to their action-starved players suffered yet another setback on Friday when an ODI tri-series involving Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was cancelled.
A senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said that the series, which was supposed to take, place next month in Dubai has been scrapped after Sri Lanka decided against confirming its participation.
Saleem Altaf, PCB's chief operating officer, said he received the information about the event's cancellation from its Dubai organisers on Friday.
"We have received information from the event's organisers that the three-nation tournament has been cancelled because, I believe, the Sri Lankan team is unavailable," said Altaf.
Altaf said that organisers haven't given any reason for Sri Lanka's decision to stay away from the tournament. The tournament was part of a $9 million deal with Dubai Sports City last year, aimed at confirming a long-term neutral venue for Pakistan cricket after several leading teams refused to tour the country because of security concerns.
Pakistan cricket has suffered major setbacks because of the security situation in the country that forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to shift the Champions Trophy from the country. Australia refused to tour Pakistan in 2008 because of safety concerns while India blocked its cricket team's tour of the country in January-February because of strained Indo-Pak relations over last November's terror attacks in Mumbai.
Pakistan will be playing its ODI series against Australia in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in April-May this year.