Defence Ministry approves SL-PAK tour

2019-09-19 at 17:06

Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed that the Ministry of Defence granted approval to proceed with the tour to Pakistan.

When inquired by NewsRadio CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket Ashley De Silva said the SLC received the all-clear from the Defence Ministry to leave for Pakistan on Tuesday.

The series is due to start on 27th of September at the Karachi National Stadium.

Lahiru Thirimanne is set to Captain the Sri Lanka One Day International squad while Dasun Shanaka has been named as the Sri Lanka T20 Captain for the series.

Reports last week of a possible terror attack were referred to the Defence Ministry for investigations.

The Sri Lanka team was the target of an attack during a Test match in Pakistan’s Lahore in March 2009, with six players injured when gunmen attacked their bus.

Since the attack, a majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country.

Sri Lanka’s first match in Lahore after that was one T20 game against Pakistan in October 2017.

SLC officials visited Pakistan last month along with a security consultant to check out the arrangements made by the hosts.

The six-match tour was put on hold last week after the Office of the Prime Minister warned the board it had unspecified information about a possible attack against its players.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said it was not aware of any information relating to the safety of the Sri Lankan team, but reiterated its commitment to providing security.

Ten senior players opted out of the tour citing security concerns.

Sri Lanka has already announced two squads for the three one-day internationals and the three T20 matches.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three ODI matches at Karachi’s National Stadium on September 27, 29 and October 2.

Three T20Is will take place at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on October 5, 7 and 9.

Sri Lanka will host Pakistan for two World Test Championships in late December.