Sri Lanka confirm cricket tour of Pak; Tests shifted to Dec

Sri Lanka confirm cricket tour of Pak; Tests shifted to Dec

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Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan for three ODIs and as many T20s in September-October 2019, while World Test Championship matches have been moved to December.

Karachi’s National Stadium will host the ODI series beginning 27 September, while the three T20Is will be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, the first of which will be played on 5 October.

According to the original programme, Pakistan was scheduled to host Sri Lanka for two World Test Championship matches in October before Sri Lanka returned for three ODIs and three T20Is in late December.

“The PCB is pleased with the outcome of its discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, which has supported Pakistan in its efforts and endeavours for the complete revival of international cricket. The tour for limited-overs matches will also provide Sri Lanka with an even better understanding of the ground situation before discussing schedule of the Tests,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said.

“The upcoming matches will end the long await of the Pakistan cricket fans and supporters to watch modern day stars from both sides live in action. This is something that will contribute immensely to our revamped domestic cricket structure,” he said.

“We are very grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva, his board and players for responding positively to our request to play matches in Pakistan. The PCB looks forward to welcoming the Sri Lanka cricket team and assure them that they will be as well looked after as any other international sides of the past,” he stated.

Sri Lanka’s last international fixture in Pakistan was played at the Gaddafi Stadium in October 2017 – the third and final T20I of the series, after the Test and ODI series and first two T20I games had been played in UAE. Their last Test appearance dates back to March 2009, also the last time a Test series was hosted in Pakistan.

“The PCB and SLC have a long history of cricket relationship and friendship, and this decision only strengthens that bonding,” SLC President Shammi Silva said.

Ranjini Trinitymirror

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