In a recent development in restoring cricket back to Pakistan, Sri Lanka Cricket Board on Monday confirmed that they will send their team to play in Lahore for the third and last T20I of the series.
After successfully organising the WorldXI tour in Lahore, Pakistan expected to have a return of cricket on their home grounds in Pakistan. After the attack on Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, International teams not travelling to Pakistan following the security.
But things change from past few months, the recent tour of World XI for three T20 matches somehow change the perspectives of international teams. And the recent development in this regard is the first major cricket playing nation, ie Sri Lanka, agreed to play in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka Cricket Board confirmed their decision on Monday to send their team to Pakistan on 29th October. The board decision comes after two days when Sri Lankan players expressed strong reluctance to travel to Pakistan and requesting to move the match to a neutral venue.
“The Executive Committee evaluated the reports obtained together with the recommendation of the International Cricket Council – which successfully conducted the Independence Cup tournament in Lahore fielding a World XI Team – and having been fully satisfied with the stringent security measures in place, the SLC ExCo unanimously decided to play the third T20 in Lahore on October 29,” SLC release stated.
Sri Lanka limited over captain Upul Tharanga already pulled out to play in Pakistan for the third T20I. But Sri Lanka supporting staff ready to travel to Lahore for 3rd T20I after their meeting with Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.