Saturday 26 February 2011 

Sri Lanka Set To Tour Pakistan In October, November

	Sri Lanka Set To Tour Pakistan In October, November
Sri Lanka Set To Tour Pakistan In October, November
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Sri Lanka are set to return to Pakistan and become the first team to play international cricket in the country since their convoy was attacked by terrorists in March 2009.

Since the attacks, which resulted in eight deaths and multiple injuries, Pakistan have been forced to play series outside of their country, hosting teams in the United Arab Emirates and England.

Sri Lanka are now set to play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International in October and November of this year, following a statement made by Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Somachandra de Silva.

Reacting to the statement, his Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) counterpart Ijaz Butt added:

"The comments of Mr. De Silva are reassuring and will help a long way in restoring the confidence of international community in playing cricket in Pakistan.

"Sri Lanka is a brotherly nation and they have always stood by our side whenever we have needed them. Whatever happened was tragic and every cricket loving Pakistani was feeling sad for the Sri Lankan Team.

"Pakistani fans are missing the big events of cricket at home and they are waiting for the international teams to visit Pakistan. We are in constant touch with ICC, The Task Team on Pakistan and the other Boards in this regard and are hopeful of international cricket return to Pakistan very soon."

The full schedule will be released at a later date.

© Cricket World 2011

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