September 02, 2019 / BY Mohsin Rana
Sri Lanka to Tour Pakistan in September
A long-awaited moment has finally come where Pakistan will host a bilateral cricket series. Since after the attack on the Sri Lankan National Cricket Team on 3 March 2009 in Lahore, this will be the first complete International series hosted by Pakistan. International cricket is finally coming home after a decade as Sri Lanka agrees to tour Pakistan for limit-overs series. The news was announced in a press release by PCB on 23 August. This series could be a try out for bringing long-form cricket back to Pakistan. This will end the long wait of the Pakistan cricket fans and supporters to watch modern-day cricket stars performing live in action and revamp domestic cricket structure.
"The Pakistan cricket board and Sri Lanka cricket have announced to change upcoming matches of the series in Pakistan, meaning the ODI and T20 will be played from 27 September to 9th October while the Tests will be played by the year’s end." - PCB
Earlier it was decided that Pakistan will host Srilanka for two World Test Championship matches in October and then Sri Lanka will return again for three ODIs and three T20s in late December. A full series was scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan. Later, it got rescheduled.
The decision to swap formats was made via phone discussion between PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and SLC President Shammii Silva on 23 August, Friday.
The Sri Lankan cricket team will arrive in Karachi on 25th September. Three ODIs will be played in National Stadium on 27 and 29 September and 2 October. While, Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host three T20s which will be played on 5, 7 and 9 October after with the Sri Lankan cricket team will fly back home on 10 October. Pakistan and Sri Lanka cricket team will contest in a two-match Test series in December as a part of the ongoing world Test Championship. Venue for Test matches is not decided yet.
Earlier this month Sri Lanka
carried out the security trial in Lahore and Karachi which turned out to be positive.
"The PCB is pleased with the discussion with Sri Lanka cricket, which supported Pakistan in its efforts and endeavors for the complete revival of international cricket. The tour for limited-overs matches will also provide Sri Lanka with a better understanding of the ground situation before discussing the schedule of the Test matches."
"The SLC security experts had visited the two cities, Karachi and Lahore earlier this month and had given a positive report which made our job of decision making easy. The safety and security of its player is the responsibility of the SLC, which it takes very seriously.’
On 21 April 2019, Easter, there were several bomb attacks and killings in churches and hotels the whole way across Sri Lanka, with more than 250 individuals killed and over 500 seriously injured. Sri Lankan Cricket was especially fearful about what it implied for visiting cricket teams later on. However, a little more than a month after the attack, Pakistan's U-19 team visited Sri Lanka for five 50-over matches, a move that made much generosity between the two sides. This gives Pakistan a marginally better shot of insisting Sri Lanka to play however much as could reasonably be expected of their visit in the country.
Sponsors and businessmen like Aqeel Karim Dhedhi
and many others who made PSL a successful event and promoted domestic cricket all across Pakistan contribute to the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.