The decision, the statement read, was taken following a warning received from the Prime Minister’s Office. “Hence, SLC has been advised to take extreme care.”
The PCB said it “reiterates its commitment to provide complete safety and security to the Sri Lankan side and in this relation will continue to work with the SLC.”
A spokesman for the International Cricket Council — the game’s governing body — said that the tour was a “matter between the two boards,” but that it was happy to provide assistance if requested.
Fears from the past
Seven Sri Lankan players — including star batters Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene — were injured.
The incident sent shockwaves through the cricket world.
New Zealand canceled its tour of Pakistan with Bangladesh swiftly following suit, and with teams concerned for their players’ safety, the PCB had to make do with hosting “home” matches in the United Arab Emirates.
The attack effectively confined Pakistan to the fringes of international cricket and since 2009 only 11 T20s and two one-day internationals have been staged in the country and there has been no Test cricket since the Lahore attack.
Leading figures such as Lasith Malinga, Angelo Matthews, Kusal Perera and others pulled out of the tour, which is scheduled to start on September 27 with a one-day international in Karachi.
These latest security developments could also dent the PCB’s plans to host long-form cricket once again as part of the World Test Championship — a newly formed competition that will, for the first time in the sport’s history, see a team crowned as the best red-ball outfit over a two-year period.
Pakistan is scheduled to host Sri Lanka (December 2019), Bangladesh (January 2020) and South Africa (January 2021) for two Tests each.