Praising the hospitality and security his team received in the country, Sri Lanka coach Rumesh Ratnayake called the just-concluded tour of Pakistan “a message for the whole world”, and hoped the series would encourage other countries to visit these shores in the future.
Sri Lanka toured Pakistan for a full bilateral series for the first time in a decade, since the 2009 attack on the team bus in Lahore. “This tour is a message for the whole world, and especially a message for future Sri Lankans. This has gone very smoothly. Us playing here will encourage so many other countries to also to be here,” Ratnayake said.
“To experience the hospitality of Pakistan is a great thing. I’ve experienced it after a long, long time, and if anything, it’s got even better. It was a lot of hard work for the whole system to have us here.
“You’ve done a great job in having us here and the security has been impeccable. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it, even though some of us came in doubt. But the doubt has been taken out now, so I would like to thank you all for making it happen,” he said.
Sri Lanka were originally scheduled to play two Tests in Pakistan, but with several high-profile players expressing their reservations against travelling and World Test Championship points at stake, the cricket boards of the two countries came to an agreement to make it a limited-overs meeting instead.
Pakistan won both the one-dayers after the first game was washed out due to rain, but Sri Lanka bounced back to make things even by sweeping the T20Is 3-0.
Ratnayake stated that the prospects of eventually playing Test cricket in the country seemed better after the top-notch security arrangement provided to the team this time.