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India didn’t pressurise our players to not explore Pakistan: Sri Lanka Sports Minister

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Sri Lanka sports minister denies India’s participation in Sri Lankan players taking out of Pakistan tour (Source: SLC/Twitter)

Sri Lankan Sports Minister Harin Fernando on Tuesday dismissed tips that the BCCI had provided a danger to their players that they will be ousted from the cash-rich IPL, if they toured Pakistan.

Fawad Chaudhary, Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology, had actually declared that India was pressuring Sri Lankan gamers not to explore Pakistan. He had tweeted that Indian “sports authorities” were resorting to low-cost strategies

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) still sent its team for an ODI series though Island country’s top players chose out of the trip.

However Fernando stated that the BCCI never tried to affect their decision and Fawad’s tweet landed him in a hard situation.

” To be truthful with all fairness to the (Pakistan) minister, it caused a great deal of controversy as only (Lasith) Malinga had a contract to play in the Indian Premier League. I got into a scenario where the Indian High Commission and everybody began talking with me and stated to retweet that they had nothing to do with it which I did which is the reality,” stated Fernando.

” It is a fact. I stated it was absolutely nothing and we wait our choice and we wished to go. However from there onwards it became a different problem and Sri Lanka got sandwiched in between. We were fortunate we got ourselves out of it.

” And India is likewise a huge brother with us they sit right next to us. We need to have cordial relations with them. Pakistan has actually constantly been our good friend when it pertains to sport they have constantly supported us,” Fernando said.

The Minister also discussed cleaning up Sri Lankan cricket and said it was the first Asian nation to present a proper anti-corruption costs.

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