Sri Lanka agree to play T20I in Lahore

Sri Lanka agree to play T20I in Lahore

The three-match T20I series will start on October 26 with the third and final T20I scheduled to take place in Lahore on October 29 pending a decision from Sri Lanka's players.

According to a report, it is understood that 40 contracted players including skipper Upul Tharanga have expressed their reluctance to visit Pakistan and had requested the board to shift the game to a neutral venue but a statement released by the SLC stated that they are happy with the security arrangements for the game on 29th October.

Accordingly, the 15-member squad will be announced on 20 October.

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The SLC said over the past two months it had conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the governments of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board and independent security experts.

Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella leaves the field after being dismissed by Pakistan's Junaid Khan during the second one day global (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 16, 2017.

The Sri Lankan cricket team had come under attack from terrorists in March 2009 in Lahore. Hashan Thilakaratne (batting coach), Rumesh Ratnayake (bowling coach), Asanka Gurusinha (manager) and Nic Pothas (head coach) are all willing to tour Lahore after head coach Mickey Arthur spoke to them, a source in the PCB confirmed to The Express Tribune.

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Pakistan delegation was headed by the Tehmina Janjua while the Sri Lankan side was led by their Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam.

The support staff has been asked to individually write a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva stating their willingness to tour.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI will begin at 4:30 PM IST (1100 hrs GMT) since it is a day-night fixture.

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