Sri Lanka likely to play T20I in Pakistan
Pakistan might finally witness international cricket at home with Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala expressing interest in sending his team to the Asian neighbour in September.
After the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in 2009, Zimbabwe has been the only full-member nation to have toured the Asian country in 2015 with Pakistan choosing United Arab Emirates as their adopted home.
Even though, the Pakistan Cricket Board did manage to convince few overseas players, who participated in the 2017 edition of Pakistan Super League final in Lahore, international teams continue to be reluctant on sending their players to the country.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to play a full series against Pakistan in UAE in a couple of months time and Sumathipala admitted that at least one of the three Twenty20 International games in the tour might feature in Lahore.
"I am keen to take my team to Pakistan," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala said at the Asian Cricket Council's annual general meeting in Colombo.
"We have had our security experts visit and make an assessment, and things look positive with things improving all over the country and especially Lahore being cleared.
"We have three T20 games coming up against Pakistan in September and we would like to play at least one of those games in Lahore."
Following Pakistan's Champions Trophy triumph, International Cricket Council indicated that they might schedule a World Series featuring three T20Is in the country to help member boards gain confidence and Sumathipala urged other Asian countries to help the cause.
"I call upon each one of you as members to play your role and give Pakistan the security of your support," he added.
"There is always risk - there were two attacks in London during the Champions Trophy - but cricket continued under the security assurances of the ICC, so likewise we too must be as accommodating and understanding as possible with our members and extend our fullest support to them as the cricketing family of Asia."
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