Eight years have gone by since the attack on Sri Lankan Cricket team occurred. The attack that put an end to international cricket teams tours to Pakistan. Now finally Sri Lanka’s cricket board has allowed a tour to Pakistan.
The Sri Lankan Cricket team will play three t-20 international. One of them would be in Lahore, the place where the deadly attack happened eight years ago. This news is confirmed by Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala after he assessed the security condition in the country.
The government approval is necessary if any team wishes for a cricket tour abroad. Since 2009 the best cricket nations rejected to play in Pakistan, affecting Pakistan’s cricket and economy negatively.
Sumathipala was quoted saying “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,” he added.
The only international team that visited Pakistan since the attack was Zimbabwe; they played five t-20s in Pakistan. The rest of the “home” international games Pakistan play in UAE.
Since 2009, the only international team to visit Pakistan is, who played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015. Pakistan plays their “home” internationals in the United Arab Emirates.
Now Sri Lankan team coming to Pakistan is quite a hopeful sign. Sumathipala addressed Asian Cricket Council in Colombo and urged countries to play in Pakistan. He talked about how Sri Lanka was isolated during Tamil separatist conflict in the 1990s.
Sumathipala said, “Sri Lanka suffered through three decades of terrorism and war and at one stage no one wanted to come here — Pakistan stood by us then, as did India.”