Sri Lanka Cricket Team to visit Pakistan in September
Sri Lanka cricket team is to visit Pakistan in September after eight years. Sri Lankan cricket board has approved a tour to Lahore in which team will play three twenty internationals.
The team is visiting Pakistan first time since eight years ago their bus was attacked by 12 militants in Lahore. After the incident, Pakistan was deprived of international cricket. Now after the successful final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore, Sri Lanka is to visit Pakistan.
The announcement was made by the Sri Lanka Cricket Chief Thilanga Sumathipala. He said that team is permitted to visit Pakistan after security assessment. Thilanga also mentioned that team will play at least one of the matches in Lahore.
Three T20 internationals are expected to hold in September. However, team still requires approval of government.
Sri Lankan Cricket Chief quoted “We have had our security experts visit and make an assessment; things look positive with improvement all over the country and especially with Lahore being cleared.”
“We have three T20 games coming up against Pakistan in September and we would like to play at least one of those games in Lahore,” he added.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Najam Sethi said that the decision made by Sri Lankan chief will aid Pakistan in bringing back international cricket. PCB Chairman explained that he had “fruitful talks” with Sumathipala and preparations for three T20 series will be started soon.
Sethi added, “Once Sri Lanka has toured Pakistan, the doors will be open for safe passage of other teams to the country.”