Pakistan win by 36 runs
Pakistan will host Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I of the series and the game will be played in Lahore on October 29. Pakistan will welcome Sri Lanka with open arms as the resurrection of cricket in the country continues to build on a strong note. After a World XI team played in Pakistan recently, it is now the turn of a cricket board to send its team to the country.
With the series already sealed in favour of Pakistan, who have now won seven internationals in a row against Sri Lanka, they will look to make it 3-0 in the series. Expect a high-scoring game on the flat Gaddafi Stadium surface in Lahore.
Latest reports suggest that Sri Lanka will play one T20I against Pakistan in Lahore. The remaining matches on the tour will be played in UAE, starting with the a day-night Test from September 28. The match in Pakistan is now confirmed after security clearance.
Pakistan T20 Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Ahmed Shahzad, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Amir Yamin, Muhammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Shinwari, Muhammad Nawaz, Umar Amin.
Sri Lanka Squad for Lahore T20: Thisara Perera (captain), Ashan Priyanjan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Dilshan Munaweera, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay and Chathuranga de Silva, Lahiru Gamage, Mahela Udawatte, Minod Bhanuka, Sachith Pathirana, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Seekkuge Prasanna, Vikum Sanjaya, Vishwa Fernando
No international team has toured Pakistan apart from Zimbabwe since the attack on the visiting Sri Lanka side in 2009, that had left some of the players injured. Six policemen and two civilians had lost their lives in that attack as well.
Sri Lanka are to play Pakistan in an away series which is usually held in the UAE, Pakistan’s temporary cricketing home for now. However, the SLC President indicated that out of all the games to be played in the series, a T20 could be hosted in Lahore if logistical concerns are taken care of.
In a statement to the media, Sumathipala said he was happy to send the Sri Lankan side to Pakistan with their security experts having made a positive assessment of the security situation in the country.
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 of 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.
What now needs to be seen is whether the Sri Lankan cricketers will be open to touring the country after having been at the receiving end of of that terror attack. Most of the players from that fateful tour of Pakistan in 2009 have retired and while Chamara Kapugedara is the only player who has a realistic chance of making the Sri Lankan squad, the rest of the cricketers need to be comfortable with the idea as well.
There is also a World XI series planned in Pakistan in the month of September, and if that goes ahead, it will be interesting to see when will the Sri Lanka game expected to be played in Pakistan be played. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ticket information will be released here.
Up until the final of the PSL, Pakistan played their home matches in neutral venue such as United Arab Emirates. But after the final of the star studded 2017 PSL amidst an exceptional level of security, the Pakistan Cricket Board has proven that it is capable of hosting high profile games once again.
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2017 Schedule
The teams are scheduled to play 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is.
|28 Sep – Oct 2||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test||Abu Dhabi|
|6 – 10 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test||Dubai [D/N]|
|13 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI||Dubai|
|16 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI||Abu Dhabi|
|18 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI||Abu Dhabi|
|20 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI||Sharjah|
|23 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI||Sharjah|
|26 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st T20||Abu Dhabi|
|27 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20||Abu Dhabi|
|29 Oct||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20 (Match tickets)||Lahore|