Sri Lanka optimistic about touring Pakistan again for two-Test series

Waseem Ahmed 09:19 30/10/2019
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Sri Lanka could be back on Pakistan soil in December

Sri Lanka are looking likely to tour Pakistan again in December for a two-Test series after recently visiting the country to play six limited-overs clashes.

According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Ashley de Silva has revealed that the country’s top players have consented to tour Pakistan for the Test series.

Should Sri Lanka go ahead with the move, they will become the first team to play a Test match in Pakistan in more than a decade. Co-incidentally, they were also the last team to play a Test on Pakistan soil in 2009 before a terror attack on their team bus in Lahore brought international cricket to a grinding halt in the country.

The islanders recently toured Pakistan for three T20I clashes in Lahore and as many ODI matches in Karachi. However, it was a highly rejigged touring squad after as many as 10 senior players, including Lasith Malinga and Dimuth Karunaratne, pulled out citing security concerns.

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According to the latest report, most of Sri Lanka’s top players are now willing to tour Pakistan for the Test series after receiving positive feedback from those who participated in the limited-overs clashes.

A firm decision on the tour is expected to be taken by SLC’s executive committee in the next week while another delegation could be sent to Pakistan again to review security arrangements.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had recently proposed to have Karachi and Rawalpindi as the two venues for the Test series against Sri Lanka.

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