By Bipin Dani
Former Sri Lankan middle order batsman Thilan Samarweera believes that option should be given to players while touring Pakistan next month.
Sri Lanka Cricket (board) has announced the intention of sending its team to play at least one out of three T-20 matches in Lahore in September subject to “the approved logistical and operational plans”.
Samarweera, however, believes that “only those players who are “comfortable” to travel to Pakistan should be picked.
“Pakistan is a happy nation and I welcome the move. The fans there have not seen cricket at home for quite sometime and I understand their feelings well because on similar situation in 1996, Australia and West Indies had reservations playing in Sri Lanka and even forwent their points for not playing the World Cup”, Samarweera, speaking exclusively from Australia, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters, said.
He has recently finished his (batting) coach contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Samarweera was one of the most affected of six victims of the Lahore Test attacks on March 3, 2009, when the Sri Lanka national cricket team was targeted while a bus carrying the players (from hotel to the ground was fired upon by 12 gunmen, near the Gaddafi Stadium. The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test.
The 40-year-old Samarweera still remembers that fateful day. “At that moment I thought everything was over. As I always say and believe high in religion, we all were protected during that horror incident”.
Bullet preserved: About 113 gm of muscle-loss was on his thigh was restructured following 18-hour-long surgery in Sri lanka. The bullet which was removed from his body has still been been by him.
“It is still kept in my Colombo home. There may have been Australian government restrictions to bring over here. Even the permission from our Sri Lankan government would have been needed and I avoided that long procedure hence it is not brought here”, he added.
“We suffered a lot and my family now would not allow me to visit that country in near future”, he signed off.
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