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Lanka Premier League: Players’ safety strengthened after the attack in Pakistan

The Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) on Monday strengthened the security of all competing players in the T20 League tournament being held in the country in anticipation of the Sri Lankan attack in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Several Pakistanis players, including Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Amir, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez, are competing in the T20 league.

The SLC chief told reporters that security had been increased not only for the Pakistani players but also for all the crickets players who took part in the five-team Lanka Premier League (LPL) tournament, which started on Sunday and ended on December 23.

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Players from all over the world playing cricket with Namibia and the UAE are in competition. However there are no Indian players.

The incident last week of a Sri Lankan visitor, who works as a senior factory manager, being beaten by a mob has sparked outrage here.

The body of the victim, Priyantha Diyawadana, was brought here on Monday evening.

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