Sri Lanka could visit Pakistan for T20s as early as next month © Getty Images
Pakistan could be on the verge of hosting their highest-profile international visitor in the last eight years, with Sri Lanka considering a visit for a T20 in September-October. In itself that would represent some gesture by Sri Lanka, given they were the target of a terror attack in 2009, since when only Zimbabwe have visited Pakistan. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are due to play each other in a full series beginning at the end of September, and Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala said that his side were “keen” to play at least one of the three T20s in Lahore.
Talking at the 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Colombo on Saturday, Sumathipala also urged the other board members to stand together for cricket in Pakistan, and be “as accommodating and understanding as possible” as the cricketing family of Asia.
“I am keen to take my team to Pakistan,” Sumathipala said. “We have had our security experts visit and make an assessment, and things look positive with things improving all over the country and especially Lahore being cleared. We have three T20 games coming up against Pakistan in September and we would like to play at least one of those games in Lahore.
“I call upon each one of you as members to play your role and give Pakistan the security of your support. There is always risk – there were two attacks in London during the Champions trophy, but cricket continued under the security assurances if the ICC, so likewise we too must be as accommodating and understanding as possible with our members and extend our fullest support to them as the cricketing family of Asia.”
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