Sri Lanka coming to Pakistan in September, schedule released

Coming as a major boost to the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket have announced to swap upcoming matches of the split series to be held in Pakistan.

This means that the ODIs and the T20Is will now be played from 27 September to 9 October while the Tests will be held in December. The decision comes following a ‘phone discussion’ between PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and SLC President Shammi Silva on Friday, informed PCB.

The Sri Lanka cricket team will arrive in Karachi on 25 September where it will play three ODIs on 27 and 29 September and 2 October. Lahore will host three T20Is on 5, 7 and 9 October after which the visitors will fly home on 10 October.

“The PCB is pleased with the outcome of its discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, which has supported Pakistan in its efforts for the complete revival of international cricket. The tour for limited overs matches will also provide Sri Lanka with an even better understanding of the ground situation before discussing schedule of the Tests,” said PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani.

“The upcoming matches will end the long wait of the Pakistan cricket fans and supporters to watch modern day stars from both sides live in action. This is something that will contribute immensely to our revamped domestic cricket structure,” added PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani.

SLC President Mr Shammi Silva said: “The PCB and SLC have a long history of cricket relationship and friendship, and this decision only strengthens 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.

The Sri Lankan cricket chief said that they would not have gone ahead with the series if Pakistan’s security conditions were not satisfactory.

Series schedule:

27 Sep – 1st ODI, Karachi

29 Sep – 2nd ODI, Karachi

2 Oct – 3rd ODI, Karachi

5 Oct – 1st T20I, Lahore

7 Oct – 2nd T20I, Lahore

9 Oct – 3rd T20I, Lahore

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