Sri Lanka commits to Lahore T20I despite reluctance from players

Sri Lankan players expressed concern on the security situation in Lahore
Sri Lankan players expressed concern on the security situation in Lahore
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Sri Lanka Cricket affirmed their decision to send a team to Lahore that will host the third and final Twenty20 International against Pakistan in a bid to revive international cricket in the country.

The last time Sri Lanka toured their Asian neighbour was in 2009 when they suffered a gun and grenade attack leading to six police officials and two civilians killed while six of the players were injured.

Since then Pakistan were deprived of international cricket at home with member boards showing reluctance to tour them until Zimbabwe decided to break the shackles in 2015.

According to a report, it is understood that 40 contracted players including skipper Upul Tharanga have expressed their reluctance to visit Pakistan and had requested the board to shift the game to a neutral venue but a statement released by the SLC stated that they are happy with the security arrangements for the game on 29th October.

The board also revealed that an initial squad of 22 players will be announced on Tuesday and it will come down to 15 players by 20th October.

“Having been fully satisfied with the stringent security measures in place, the SLC ExCo unanimously decided to play the 3rd T20 in Lahore on the 29th October,” the SLC said in the statement.

SLC also indicated that their president Thilanga Sumathipala will accompany the players with the Pakistan board and government confirming they will be given the same security measures given to the World XI players, who toured the country successfully for a three match T20I series last month.

The first two games of the series will be played in the United Arab Emirates which remains the adapted home of Pakistan.

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