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Safety of Sri Lankan cricket team puts Pakistan security to the test

Terrorist attack on Sri Lankan bus a decade ago still haunts the game

The Sri Lankan cricket board announced that 10 leading players have pulled out of the Pakistan tour, effectively reducing the team to a B-side.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Sri Lanka's national cricket team arrived in Pakistan to a warm welcome this week, but worries about its safety threaten to overshadow its two-week tour as memories of a terror attack a decade ago remain fresh.

The Sri Lankan team is due to play three matches in Karachi and three in Lahore beginning on Friday. The team has been assured that it will enjoy "maximum security arrangements," according to Sri Lanka Cricket, the country's national cricket authority.

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