Sri Lanka Might Play Test Cricket in Pakistan this Year

As a security delegation visited Lahore and Karachi and gave SLC “very positive feedback”, Sri Lanka is mulling to play at least one Test match in Pakistan. It is expected that Test cricket might return to Pakistan later in 2019. If things go as planned, it is expected that Pakistan will host its first Test Match in 2019 since the Lahore attack on Sri Lankan team’s bus in 2009.

PCB offered SLC to play Test series in Pakistan that was initially supposed to be played on a neutral venue. With this in mind, SLC sends a security delegation to the country headed by Mohan de Silva to analyze the security arrangements.

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SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said, “The feedback we got from the security team was very positive. We’ll be talking to the PCB about some alternatives before we arrive at a decision. The government will be consulted as well.”

It is important to get the consent of the players, as back in October 2017, a Sri Lankan team played one T20 match but without big names. Players like Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, and Akila Dananjaya did not play that match.

The PCB managing director Wasim Khan said, “It was a very positive meeting with the MCC. Shane Warne, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mike Gatting, the chair of the committee, were present there. They wanted me to present on the current security in the country, along with what impact playing no international cricket here has had, and what can be done to restore it. I am very, very confident that we will have an MCC team touring us in the near future. But, there are some matters related to security that need to be covered before they send their team. We will work very closely with the MCC to make sure that the tour happens.”

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