Sri Lanka cricket team to tour Pakistan as planned

PESHAWAR: The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SCB) has confirmed visit to Pakistan and said the team will leave for Pakistan according to the schedule.

“Green signal has been received from the government, I and other board officials will go with the team to Pakistan as per the schedule,” the SCB Secretary Mohan De Selva said media. he said that the Sri Lankan team has been promised security equal to the head of state.

The Sri Lankan team will come to Pakistan on September 25, first one-day will be played in Karachi on September 27, followed by two T20 matches and then three T20 matches will be played in Lahore.

Sri Lanka team is visiting Pakistan for the second time in two years. They’ve previously played T20 International in Lahore in October 2017. It was the Sri Lankan cricket team which was attacked in Lahore in March 2009 in which six policemen and two civilians were killed while Sri Lankan cricketer Thalin Samaraweera was also injured. Following which the international cricket series in Pakistan was cut off.

Following the incident, in 2015, Zimbabwe’s team played T20 and ODI series in Lahore. Pakistan Cricket Board’s efforts to bring back International Cricket have only resulted in bringing World XI, West Indies and Sri Lankan teams to Pakistan in the last two years. Apart from this, several matches of Pakistan Super League have also been held in Pakistan.

On September 9, Media has reported that ten players including Sri Lanka One Day Cricket Team captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Twenty20 cricket captain Liseth Malinga and former captain Angelo Mathews have refused to play in the series starting later this month.

The interest and convenience of families and general public was the focus for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announced ticket prices for the upcoming ODI and T20I series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, starting on 27 September.