It is officially decided on Saturday that Sri Lanka’s cricket board is reconsidering plans to play a match against Pakistan in Lahore later this month after its players expressed security concerns.
Sri Lanka is currently scheduled to play their third Twenty20 matches series in Lahore on October 29. This is the same city where eight years ago a terrorist attack on the same team in the same city. But now it’s the safe city as well as compared to eight years ago. This team last played their match in Lahore at 2009. Now after eight years it’s the first international cricket team to play the match in Lahore.
The board official told AFP that “A few players have expressed reservations, but about 20 players (out of 40 contracted by the board) have confirmed their willingness to play in Lahore,”
A final decision would be announced on Monday about team visit in Lahore for T20 Series.
In this T20 series, the Final match would be played in Lahore and the remaining match would b played in the United Arab Emirates. In UAE, Pakistan played all their matches after the attack on cricket at 2009.
After the 2009 attack, only Zimbabwe team visit Pakistan in 2015 and played limited 5 matches.
After the successful event of Pakistan Super League, Pakistan is considered to be the hoped country for international games. By the launching of PSL, there is a good comeback of cricket in Pakistan.
A successful event also conducts in Lahore named World XI. In this tournament number of international players played the game and enjoys their cricket match in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala in August appealed for an end to Pakistan’s isolation – a statement welcomed by Pakistani cricket officials.
The International cricket comes back in Pakistan. PCB also announced that Pakistan Super League will be started in Pakistan from February 2018.