Team Sri Lanka arrived in Pakistan, last night, for the historical series. They were welcomed under high-security situations.
Team Sri Lanka In Pakistan
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Pakistan from September 27 to October 9, 2019.
National Stadium Karachi will host the three ODIs on September 27, 29 and October 2 while Lahore will host three T20Is on October 5,7 and 9.
Pakistan Cricket Board Welcomed Team Sri Lanka At The Airport
Pakistan cricket board welcomed Sri Lankan squad at the Karachi international airport. Pakistan cricket board (PCB) and the Pakistani government has promised to provide as much security to team Sri Lanka as to the head of the state.
Sri Lanka Cricket Board Tweeted:
Arrival of Sri Lanka team at Karachi for ODI series against Pakistan
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 24, 2019
Sri Lanka’s T20I stand-in skipper, Dasun Shanaka said,” I have been there before, and I am satisfied with the security arranged for us. I am happy to lead my team to Pakistan. We hope to give a good fight to our very strong hosts.”
Shanaka and Lahiru Thirimanne were appointed stand-in skippers for Pakistan tour as Lasith Malinga, and Dimuth Karunaratne along with eight senior Sri Lankan cricketers refused to tour Pakistan over security concerns.
Earlier, Sri Lanka cricket board said that they would reassess the security situation in Pakistan after their prime minister office received the news of a possible terror threat on Team Sri Lanka during their visit to Pakistan.
However, they were later satisfied by the security arrangement made by the Pakistani government and Pakistan cricket board (PCB).
Pakistan Cricket Board Tweeted:
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 24, 2019
Its Soul Destroying To Be Playing In The Empty Grounds: Chairman PCB
Pakistan cricket board’s chairman Ehsan Mani said,” When our players play our home series outside Pakistan, the stadiums are virtually empty, and no one comes to watch, so there’s no motivation, it’s soul-destroying to be playing in barren grounds. I hope people come to support team Pakistan & also to applaud team Sri Lanka.”
Ehsan Mani “We should never forget that Sri Lanka were the victims of a terrible attack ten years ago. The same team has now returned to Pakistan, and I am extremely thankful to them for the way they have stepped forward to support cricket in Pakistan.”
The tickets of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODIs have already been sold out, and it is expected that the crowd will come in numbers to support both teams.