Pakistan to host Sri Lanka in September
Sri Lanka is ready to travel to Pakistan for three ODIs and three T20Is, which is scheduled to be held in Karachi and Lahore in September. The development comes a week after the SLC received “positive feedback” from the security delegation that visited Lahore and Karachi this month.
Sri Lankan sports minister Harin Fernando said on Thursday that he team will travel to Pakistan for limited-overs matches.
Earlier, PCB had invited Sri Lanka to play two Test matches in Pakistan. But Sri Lanka rejected the offer. Later, they decided to play three ODIs and three T20Is.
Sri Lanka played a T20I in Pakistan but the big names refused to participate in the event however. A Thisara Perera-led Sri Lankan side along with then SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala and sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara had then travelled to Pakistan.
“Three ODIs and three T20Is will be played from 27 September to 9 October, World Test Championship matches moved to December”, the SLC press release said.
“Karachi will host the ODIs, while Lahore to stage T20Is.
The PCB is pleased with the outcome of its discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, which has supported Pakistan in its efforts and endeavours for the complete revival of international cricket,” says Mr Ehsan Mani
“The safety and security of its players is the responsibility of the SLC, which it takes very seriously. If there had been any doubts, the SLC would not have gone ahead with this arrangement,” says Mr Shammi Silva.
The Sri Lanka cricket team will arrive in Karachi on 25 September where it will play three ODIs on 27 and 29 September and 2 October. Lahore will host three T20Is on 5, 7 and 9 October after which the visitors will fly home on 10 October.