The activities of the Sri Lankan players will be closely monitored during the ongoing England tour in the wake of the match-fixing allegations raised by former captain Hashan Tillakaratne, team manager Anura Tennekoon said.
"We have to protect the players from these stories from outside the team. We have to be very careful about who the players talk to. I have already sat down and talked to them about not doing anything untoward. I will be watching them very closely," team manager Tennekoon said. They will play three Tests, five ODIs and one T20 against England.
Umar Akmal harassing me: Haider
Pakistan's runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has accused batsman Umar Akmal of harassment and mental torture. A well-informed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that Zulqarnain, in his reply to the Board, has claimed that one of the reasons for his decision to abruptly leave the team hotel without informing the management last year in Dubai was because he was under severe mental stress.
"Although he has not clearly explained the reasons but he has listed the alleged harassment by Umar Akmal and some other players as upsetting him a lot," the source said.
Legal aid for trio
Pakistan's banned trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir have been granted legal aid by the United Kingdom legal aid services commission after they requested for it to fight their case in British courts. The Crown Prosecutor's Services (CPS) special crimes division has charged the trio with conspiracy to commit fraud.