Sri Lanka squad arrives in Pakistan despite security concerns

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The ODI series will be followed by three Twenty20s in Lahore.

The BCCI on Wednesday named Sri Lanka as Zimbabwe's replacement for a short three-match T20 global series to be held in January next year. Cricket fans in Pakistan are looking forward to seeing their heroes play worldwide fixtures on home turf and the tickets are selling like hot cakes. Most of the global teams have refused to tour Pakistan since then.

Wahab Riaz said: "I think Karachi crowds are in a privileged position to personally show their gratitude to the Sri Lanka cricket team and celebrate the resumption of bilateral ODI cricket, which is a stepping stone for bilateral Test cricket".

The Sri Lanka team were attacked in Lahore in 2009 and since then most global teams have refused to tour the South Asian country, leaving Pakistan to play almost all their "home" games in the United Arab Emirates. "We are thankful to the players and their board for standing strong with Pakistan".

Confirming this news, the BCCI and Sri Lanka Cricket announced the schedule for the islanders' forthcoming tour of India in which Sri Lanka confirmed its participation in the tournament.

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For the last 10 years Pakistan has been playing most of its "home" matches in the United Arab Emirates. I am looking forward to a similar response from the Karachi crowds, to come and support us. But the tour finally got the go-ahead from the SLC after Pakistan's government promised that the army would coordinate the security over the two-week long visit.

Twenty20 internationals (all Lahore): October 5, 7, 9.

"This series isn't a result of an effort overnight, it's a long journey", Mani said.

"I can't wait for Friday which will mark the memorable occasion and I hope when I walk out, I have a full-house behind me not only cheering me on but both the sides", the captain was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a press release.

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