Sri Lanka to play limited-overs series in Pakistan in Sept


Sri Lanka will take wing to Pakistan to take part in three One Day International (ODI)'s and T20 Internationals each next month, Sri Lanka Cricket said today (Aug 23). Yes, the team will stay in Pakistan for eight days, where they will play the ODI and T20 series. Eight years later, the Sri Lankans returned to Pakistan for a Twenty20 global in Lahore in October 2017.

Sri Lanka will play three ODIs in Karachi and three T20Is in Lahore. The T20I series will be played in Lahore from October 5.

PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani said: "The PCB is pleased with the outcome of its discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, which has supported Pakistan in its efforts and endeavours for the complete revival of global cricket".

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed to bring forward the limited-overs leg of the split series and pushed back the two tests, which were originally set to take place in October.

Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Harin Fernando, International Cricket Council Vice President Imran Quaj, Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Chulananda Perera and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva were also present. The visitors will arrive in Karachi on September 25 and fly home on October 10.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced schedule for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka at home, on Friday. Recently, the SLC got a "very positive feedback" from a security delegation that visited Karachi and Lahore.

Silva said: "The PCB and SLC have a long history of cricket relationship and friendship, and this decision only strengthens that bonding".

He was the third Sri Lankan player charged for violating the ICC's anti-corruption code, following charges levelled against former captain and ex-chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, and former paceman Nuwan Zoysa.

The PCB chairman was pleased with the outcome of the discussion and thanked Sri Lanka for supporting them in their endeavors to revive global cricket in Pakistan. "If there had been any doubts, the SLC would not have gone ahead with this arrangement", Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Shammi Silva was quoted as saying in the release.