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Sri Lanka refuses to play test matches in Pakistan


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

22nd Aug, 2019. 06:48 pm
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Sri Lanka refuses to play test match in Pakistan

Sri Lankan cricket team has refused to play Test matches in Pakistan.

However, the Sri Lankan cricket board has assured to send their team to Pakistan for One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Sri Lankan cricket team has refused to play Test matches in Pakistan.

However, the Sri Lankan cricket board has assured to send their team to Pakistan for One Day Internationals (ODIs).

According to reports, the ministry has allowed the Sri Lankan cricketers to play ODIs in January 2020.

A six-member delegation of Sri Lanka Cricket arrived in Pakistan this month to review the country’s security situation ahead of the two-match Test series under the ICC World Test Championship.

Pakistan have not hosted an international Test since terrorists attacked the bus of the Sri Lankan cricket team while they were on their way to Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium in 2009.

The PCB, on the other hand, has said that Sri Lanka Cricket has not informed them about their decision yet.

Weeks ago, Pakistan invited Sri Lanka to play two test matches in Lahore and Karachi. After which, a security delegation of the Sri Lankan Cricket visited Pakistan, the delegation visited the stadiums in Karachi and Lahore and inspected the security arrangements in the country. The delegation has given a positive report to the Sri Lankan cricket board.

Pak-Sri Lanka series consists of two rounds. Two test matches were scheduled in the first round. Whereas, a T-Twenty series was scheduled in the second round.

International cricket in Pakistan came to a standstill, after the 2009 Lahore attack. After which, Pakistan scheduled its matches in UAE.

PCB also successfully hosted Pakistan Super League final in 2017 and playoffs and PSL final in 2018. This year, eight matches of the league were played in Karachi and Lahore, including the final, eliminator and playoffs.

However, since 2015, the country has seen sporadic return of international cricket when it hosted limited-overs games featuring Zimbabwe (2015), World XI (2017), Sri Lanka (2017) and West Indies (2018).