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Akhtar lambastes Sri Lankan players refusing to tour

Akhtar lambastes Sri Lankan players refusing to tour

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has said he is extremely disappointed with the ten Sri Lankan players refusing to travel to Pakistan to play three ODIs and an equal number of T20Is. Akhtar believed the senior Sri Lankan cricketers should have reciprocated the grand gestures by Pakistan when the island nation was under the threat of no international cricket on its shores.

Akhtar recalled how a combined team of Pakistan and Indian players visited Sri Lanka back in 1996 to play a friendly match when the country was going through a bloody civil war and teams like Australia and West Indies refused to tour Sri Lanka.

Akhtar also gave the example about how Pakistan was the first country to send its Under-19 team to play a series in Sri Lanka after the nation was rocked by Easter attacks earlier this year that killed 259 people.