Published: Tue, August 27, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

SL to play three ODIs in Karachi

SL to play three ODIs in Karachi

Pakistan did not host worldwide cricket for six years following the 2009 attack, with the team playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates. After wrapping the final T20I, the team will fly back to Sri Lanka on the very next day. Citing safety fears, Fernando said two Tests could instead be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where Pakistan has held many of its home series.

Global teams have stayed away from Pakistan over security concerns.

It was hoped that if everything worked out, Pakistan could host its first Test match since the Lahore attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in March 2009.

Pakistan has been starved of global cricket since the attack, however, some teams have toured to play limited-overs cricket and few matches of PSL have also taken place in the country. PCB's official Twitter account had said: "The Sri Lanka cricket board has assured PCB of sending a security team". In part, the increased time commitment that a Test match will invariably demand has proven a challenging hurdle to overcome.

According to the original schedule, Pakistan were scheduled to host Sri Lanka for two World Test Championship matches in October before the visitors return for limited-over fixtures in late December.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is now desperate to organise the Test match in Pakistan.

The two boards said the teams were due to play two Test matches in October and follow it up with the six shorter form matches in December, but made a decision to swap them.

SLC president Shammi Silva said the two boards had a long history of friendship and the move strengthened that bond. "The SLC is committed to playing its role in the promotion of cricket and looks forward to visiting Karachi and Lahore for three ODIs and three T20Is", Silva said.

Recently, Sri Lanka's security team toured Pakistan and gave a positive report to the concerned authorities of their country. "If there had been any doubts, the SLC would not have gone ahead with this arrangement that we envisage will improve the players confidence and trust level and will also be critical when we start discussions on the schedule of the test matches". However on Thursday, the Sri Lankan government in an announcement declined to play Test matches in any of the two cities but agreed to play the shorter-version matches.

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