History for Babar as Pakistan see off Sri Lanka

18 October, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Pakistan celebrate their historic Champions Trophy victory

Doubts about the game being held in Lahore have emerged after 40 Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) contracted players, including most of the current squad, wrote a letter to SLC President Thialnga Sumathipala asking for a change of venue.

Sri Lanka will play the 3rd T20I of three-match series in Lahore on October 29. A squad of 22 will be announced on Tuesday and the list is expected to be pruned to 15 by October 20.

ESPNcricinfo understands Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain, has pulled out of the match. The board said it "confirmed its commitment to play the third T20" in Lahore following assessments made by both Sri Lankan and Pakistan government authorities, independent security experts and the International Cricket Council.

The PCB Chairman was asked that will Sri Lankan team will visit Pakistan for the last T20 to which he replied affirmative while arriving at the Lahore Airport.

The foreign secretary highlighted the vast goodwill for Sri Lanka in Pakistan, which continues to encourage both the countries to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations.


According to a Cricbuzz report, Tharanga's withdrawal also makes him ineligible to play in the first two T20 global matches of the series in the UAE as selectors had earlier announced that they would pick one squad for all the T20 worldwide matches versus Pakistan.

In first phase, tickets of at least seven enclosures are presented for sales online, at comparatively lower prices than what it carried for three-match Independence series between Pakistan and World XI.

A successful series against a World XI team featuring top foreign players in Lahore last month further boosted calls for cricket to return to the militancy-racked nation.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI will begin at 4:30 PM IST (1100 hrs GMT) since it is a day-night fixture.

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