Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi blamed the Indian Premiere League (IPL) franchises for putting pressure on top Sri Lanka cricketers for not touring Pakistan. Afridi reportedly stated that he had a chat with a few Sri Lankan players, who told him that they don’t want to tour Pakistan and even take part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but cannot do it because of the pressure from IPL franchises.
Top 10 Sri Lanka cricketers including ODI and T20I captain Lasith Malinga and Dimuth Karunaraten hadve decided to pull out from Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan citing security reasons. The other eight cricketers are Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal.
“Sri Lankan players are under pressure from IPL franchises. I spoke to SL players last time when there was talk of them coming to Pakistan & playing in PSL. They said they wanted to come, but IPL guys say if you go to Pakistan we won’t give you a contract,” Afridi was quoted as saying by a senior Pakistani journalist.