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Miandad urged Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to take stringent action on players who prioritise foreign T20 leagues over international duty. @ AFP

Top Sri Lanka players’ last minute pull out from the tour of Pakistan should not have any effect on the series feels former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad.

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Ten players from Sri Lanka‘s preliminary squad have opted to sit out due to security concerns. Of those who have decided to skip the tour which features three T20Is and three ODIs, prominent names include Lasith MalingaAngelo MathewsDinesh Chandimal and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne. Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya and Suranga Lakmal have also decided to give the series a miss.

Sri Lanka will play three one-day Internationals and as many T20s in Karachi and Lahore respectively with the first ODI on Sept 27.

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“It does not matter which Sri Lankan players visit and Pakistan must only look to put up their best performances regardless of the visitors’ squad quality,” Miandad was quoted as saying by Pakistan newspaper Dawn on Monday.

He urged Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to take stringent action on players who prioritise foreign T20 leagues over international duty.

“International matches should be the top priority for the players and SLC should penalise the ones who have opted out of the Pakistan series,” the 62-year-old said.

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Miandad believes the series will help Pakistan make a good start to their international cricket calendar. “This will help them improve their mentality,” said Miandad.

He also suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should utilise the services of former players to work with budding players. “A player after making it to the national team cannot learn the way a youngster can,” he said.