Sri Lanka to play T20I in Pakistan, confirms board's chief

By AFP
Published: August 14, 2017
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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cricket board has approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack against the team brought top international games there to a standstill, officials said Monday.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said after a security assessment, the team had been cleared to play three T20Is including one in Lahore, scene of the 2009 attack which left eight people dead.

Any tour would require government approval before the team is sent abroad.

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Leading cricket nations have shunned playing in Pakistan since the 2009 assault, in which gunmen ambushed the Sri Lankan team bus en route to the Lahore stadium, wounding at least seven players.

“We have had our security experts visit and make an assessment, and things look positive with things improving all over the country and especially Lahore being cleared,” Sumathipala was quoted as saying in a statement.

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“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.

Since that attack, only one full member — Zimbabwe, toured Pakistan for a limited overs tour back in 2015.

The news comes as another positive one for Pakistan cricket fans, as ICC World XI is also expected to tour the country in September.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Abdul Aleem
    Aug 14, 2017 - 11:26AM

    Well done Najam Sethi…. let the haters hate but you continue your jobRecommend

  • common Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2017 - 1:58PM

    Well done Pak Army for providing the security assurances against constant indian state-sponsored sabotage and terrorism wave.Recommend

  • rahim
    Aug 15, 2017 - 1:48AM

    “Any tour would require government approval before the team is sent abroad” – this is the meaning of all news combined.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 15, 2017 - 3:06PM

    Let’s pray they don’t go back in a body bags.Recommend

  • Giri
    Aug 15, 2017 - 6:28PM

    I hope Sri Lanka board will allow the individual cricketers freedom to decide for each one whether he participates or not. I hope there is no force and compulsion or monetary allurement. Recommend

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