COLOMBO/LAHORE: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has agreed to send their team to Pakistan for a Test match in Lahore later this year. The Sri Lanka Cricket’s security delegation gave a positive feedback after their visit to Lahore and Karachi earlier this month. During their visit, head of the delegation Mr. Silva expressed his satisfaction over the security plan.
We had a useful session with IG Sindh and Home Secretary. They have some strong plans which indeed have impressed us, he said. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had sent an invitation to Sri Lanka to play the upcoming two-match Test series in their home-ground instead of at a neutral venue. However, the Sri Lanka cricket has agreed to play one Test in Pakistan while the second Test will be played in Dubai.
Pakistan will witness Test cricket after the gap of almost ten years. Pakistan last played a Test at their home ground against the same opposition in 2009. Sri Lanka and Pakistan were originally scheduled to play at a neutral venue, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) sent a security delegation to visit Pakistan after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gave them an offer to play one match in Pakistan—it’s first of the World Test Championship.
The security delegation gave SLC very positive feedback upon its return from Lahore and Karachi. The feedback we got from the security team was very positive, SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told media outlet. We’ll be talking to the PCB about some alternatives before we arrive at a decision. The government will be consulted as well, he said.
Pakistan last hosted a Test match on home soil in 2009. International cricket in the country was largely suspended after March that year when armed militants used bullets and grenades to attack the Sri Lanka team bus taking the players to the Gaddafi Stadium. But the country has come a long way since then.
In October 2017, a Sri Lanka team did play a one-off T20I in Lahore, but without a number of prominent players in the squad. The major concern for the SLC now is obtaining individual players’ consent to tour Pakistan. If all goes to plan, Sri Lanka will play at least one Test match in Pakistan in October.