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    PCB announce schedule of Sri Lanka tour to Pakistan (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is), Tests postponed to December

    Lahore, 23 August 2019:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket today announced to swap upcoming matches of the split series in Pakistan, meaning the ODIs and the T20Is will now be played from 27 September to 9 October while the Tests will be held in December.

    According to the original programme, Pakistan was scheduled to host Sri Lanka for two World Test Championship matches in October before Sri Lanka returns for three ODIs and three T20Is in late December.

    The decision to swap matches was made following a ‘phone discussion between PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and SLC President Shammi Silva on Friday.

    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.

    PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani said: “The PCB is pleased with the outcome of its discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, which has supported Pakistan in its efforts and endeavours 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.

    “The upcoming matches will end the long await 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.

    “The hosting of the ICC World XI, a T20I against Sri Lanka, three-T20I series men’s and women’s series against the West Indies and eight HBL PSL 2019 matches within the past couple of years is a testament to Pakistan’s claim that it is a safe and secure country to play cricket.

    “We are very grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket President Mr Shammi Silva, his board and players for responding positively to our request to play matches in Pakistan.

    “The PCB looks forward to welcoming the Sri Lanka cricket team and assure them that they will be as well looked after as any other international sides of the past.”

    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 bonding. 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 SLC security experts had visited the two cities earlier this month and had given a positive report, which made our job of decision-making easy.

    “The safety and security of its players is the responsibility of the SLC, which it takes very seriously. If there had been any doubts, the SLC would not have gone ahead with this arrangement that we envisage will improve the players’ confidence and trust level and will also be critical when we start discussions on the schedule of the Test matches.”

    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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    Cricket is coming home!

    Yayyy

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    3 ODIs in Karachi



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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    3 ODIs in Karachi

    Any update on Rafi Stadium?

    National Stadium looks well past it's sell-by-date.

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    Good but I'm annoyed I just want to watch the real cricket - Test cricket. Tired of LOIs.

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    We need a stadium in Islamabad

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    Strange scheduling. They could have easily made it 2 odi khi, 1 odi and 2 t20 Lahore and final t20 khi or simply 2 odi 1 city and 1 odi 3 t20 in lahore.

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    Finally some cricket next month.

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    Good, UAE pitches are fresher in December than in October as the weather is cooler.

    Plus thank god they added 3 ODIs to the schedule as it appeared this would only be a Tests and T20s only series.

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    Yes! Finally some international Pakistani cricket to look forward to!

    Was suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Good, UAE pitches are fresher in December than in October as the weather is cooler.

    Plus thank god they added 3 ODIs to the schedule as it appeared this would only be a Tests and T20s only series.
    The FTP always had ODIs in it for this series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Good, UAE pitches are fresher in December than in October as the weather is cooler.

    Plus thank god they added 3 ODIs to the schedule as it appeared this would only be a Tests and T20s only series.
    ODIs were scheduled for Dec and Tests for October now it's the other way around except that the odis are now in Sept now.

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    Very clever

    After touring Pakistan for T20 and OD games they will most likely your for tests in Dec too

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    Good decision in the end, it's better to play all test series close together. Australia in November, Sri Lanka in December and Bangladesh in December. This is also good for domestic players, they get a full 2 months to prove that they are good enough for selection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    The FTP always had ODIs in it for this series.
    It’s actually BD series they don’t have ODIS in FTP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleedgreen4ever View Post
    Very clever

    After touring Pakistan for T20 and OD games they will most likely your for tests in Dec too
    Yes as long as the games go smoothly, I am sure the tests can happen in Pakistan also.

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    Honestly think it should be an easy 3-0 win for Pakistan for both ODI and T20I

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under the supervision of managing director Wasim Khan has started preparing for Sri Lankan team’s tour to Pakistan in September.

    Khan held the first meeting at PCB’s headquarters regarding the tour. MD called all the departments’ head in the meeting and asked them to maximize their efforts to plan things strongly for upcoming tours.

    According to the sources, the tickets for the matches will go on sell in mid-September. The meeting also discussed sponsorship and logo for the series. MD is confident to make this event successful by providing all possible facilities to the fans and players.

    It is pertinent to mention here that Sri Lankan team will travel to Pakistan on September 25 to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Karachi and Lahore, respectively.

    https://arysports.tv/pcb-starts-prep...tour-pakistan/


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    I have no idea why tickets aren't on sale much earlier. Same nonsense occurs in UAE too and I remember buying my ticket for the Dubai match vs Australia after the first match or so because tickets were only on sale for the first three games.

    They had no concession or good food to eat for an 8 hour game either. So crazy and backwards.

    Maybe start announcing fixtures well in advance, have tickets go on sale to find a rough idea how many people are coming to the game so you can plan a bit better for food and other accomondations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasty Naz View Post
    I have no idea why tickets aren't on sale much earlier. Same nonsense occurs in UAE too and I remember buying my ticket for the Dubai match vs Australia after the first match or so because tickets were only on sale for the first three games.

    They had no concession or good food to eat for an 8 hour game either. So crazy and backwards.

    Maybe start announcing fixtures well in advance, have tickets go on sale to find a rough idea how many people are coming to the game so you can plan a bit better for food and other accomondations.
    Exactly. Hopefully since we have a new management we can see better planning for future home games. Tickets for the NZ summer are already on sale even though the first game is in late October.

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    December?

    Won’t Pakistan be used to bouncy Aussie tracks?

    December only makes sense if the Tests are held in Australia or South Africa.

    Otherwise Pakistan will be underprepared.

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    Hopefully SL agrees to play tests in late December / early January in Karachi


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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    December?

    Won’t Pakistan be used to bouncy Aussie tracks?

    December only makes sense if the Tests are held in Australia or South Africa.

    Otherwise Pakistan will be underprepared.
    Our tests against Australia will be finished by December 3rd. Keep up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Our tests against Australia will be finished by December 3rd. Keep up.
    Sure but the last home defeat to Sri Lanka was partly because the Pakistan batsmen had played less red ball cricket in Asia than the Sri Lankan’s.

    This is the World Test Championship: you can’t play one series in One set of conditions and then instantly adapt to different ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    Sure but the last home defeat to Sri Lanka was partly because the Pakistan batsmen had played less red ball cricket in Asia than the Sri Lankan’s.

    This is the World Test Championship: you can’t play one series in One set of conditions and then instantly adapt to different ones.

    The Sri Lanka series will be after the Australian series. Furthermore there is a T20 series before the test series in Australia , our test players can arrive in Australia early and have time to adapt as we don’t have any other cricket beforehand.

    No matter how much we prepare we won’t win in Australia anyway. We are poor in Australia and lack the mental strength to win in Australia.

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    Hopefully sense prevails and we make major changes. Drop Amir (does not have the passion to play for the country and not willing to work hard to improve his game or fitness). Imam and Fakhar as openers and start investing in 3 new openers. Imad Wasim to be dropped for an actual spinner. Sarfraz to be dropped for a younger, fitter and better batsmen in Rizwan - we have 4 yrs so dont worry about not having a captain we can groom one. I think if Shan performs decently he can be our ODI and test captain and Babar as the T20 where theres less pressure. Shadab and Zafar need to improve their batting to be reliable late order bowling all rounders.

    Possible Lineup
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    A few Sri Lankan cricketers are hesitant to travel to Pakistan for a limited over-series that will feature three T20Is and three ODIs from September. The series also has two Tests, but the Pakistan Cricket Board shifted them to UAE after the Sri Lanka Cricket board were apprehensive of playing the games in the country.

    According to reports, the tour was finalized after the two cricket boards discussed the matter. However, Sri Lankan keeper Niroshan Dickwella and all-rounder Thisara Perera are not eager to tour Pakistan. The report also stated that other members from Sri Lanka are unwilling to tour the country, though their names were not clear.

    https://www.pinkvilla.com/sports/sri...eam-bus-470721


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    Sri Lankan Cricket team will be provided with the security status of Head of State when they travel to take part in a oneday and T20 cricket series in Pakistan late September this year.

    This was reveled at a special meeting held with the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government by the Official of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)

    SLC ‘s Mohan de Silva and SLC’s security advisor Marshall of the Air Force Roshan Gunatilleke had visited Pakistan recently to look into the security status of Pakistan to take a decision on sending Sri Lanka team for this intended tour.

    During the meeting the Government of Pakistan had guaranteed the security of the Sri Lankan team similar to a Head of State.

    Accordingly special protection will be arrange for the hotel where Sri Lanka team will be hosted and training venues. Further Security measures have been taken to provide special security to the buses carrying the players from the hotel to the playing venues.

    Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and three Twenty 20s during this tour of Pakistan. The first ODI is scheduled to be held on September 27 at the National Stadium in Karachi.

    Similar security measures were in place during the last few matches of the Pakistan Super League in March and the participation of foreign players in Pakistan.

    After the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka in Lahore on March 3, 2009, Pakistan have not played an international test. In 2015, however, Zimbabwe played a one-day series in Pakistan despite heavy security. Then, in 2017, Pakistan hosted three exhibition Twenty20 matches between Pakistan and the World Team, making Pakistan a safer country.

    Under the leadership of Thisara Perera, the Sri Lankan team also participated in a Twenty20 match in Lahore in October 2017.

    https://www.srilankasports.com/2019/...e-in-pakistan/


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    A few Sri Lankan cricketers are hesitant to travel to Pakistan for a limited over-series that will feature three T20Is and three ODIs from September. The series also has two Tests, but the Pakistan Cricket Board shifted them to UAE after the Sri Lanka Cricket board were apprehensive of playing the games in the country.

    According to reports, the tour was finalized after the two cricket boards discussed the matter. However, Sri Lankan keeper Niroshan Dickwella and all-rounder Thisara Perera are not eager to tour Pakistan. The report also stated that other members from Sri Lanka are unwilling to tour the country, though their names were not clear.

    https://www.pinkvilla.com/sports/sri...eam-bus-470721
    Thisara Prera has visited Pakistan twice in last couple of years. Once with World XI and once as captain of Sri Lankan Team. Both times he was paid heavily by PCB. Now since PCB hasn't offered any money this time around, so he is showing his unwillingness. Maybe he is trying to put extra pressure on Pakistan so that PCB once again pays them a heavy cheque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m.awais View Post
    Thisara Prera has visited Pakistan twice in last couple of years. Once with World XI and once as captain of Sri Lankan Team. Both times he was paid heavily by PCB. Now since PCB hasn't offered any money this time around, so he is showing his unwillingness. Maybe he is trying to put extra pressure on Pakistan so that PCB once again pays them a heavy cheque.
    Apparently both perara and dickwella have cpl contracts thats why both are reluctant to tour Pakistan

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    Amidst fears that players will refuse to go for the scheduled limited-over series in Pakistan, a decade after the Sri Lankan team was ambushed by gunmen, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will given them a thorough brief on security measures in place to woo them into honouring its commitment to a friendly neighbour nation.

    Sports Minister Harin Fernando on Friday told reporters that several players have voiced their concerns to him, indicating a possible player pull-out like in 2017. He did not elaborate but said he expects the board to address these concerns through dialogue as they concerned personal security.

    In 2017, Sri Lankan cricketers played a single T20 match in Lahore despite a number of high profile pull-outs that had forced the authorities to send a weakened team under Thisara Perera for the three-match series. Sri Lanka lost the series 3-0. A similar protest is looming, although Pakistan has promised the sort of “foolproof security” accorded to top VIPs.

    “So far, there have not been any complaints from anyone,” said Ashley de Silva, CEO.

    “At the end of the current series, we will name a 30-man squad for the series and will brief them on the tour and all arrangement in place to ensure their safety.”

    This presentation will be made by SLC’s Chief Security Consultant, Air Force Commander Marshal Roshan Goonetilleke, who visited Lahore and Karachi a few weeks ago for an assessment.

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been urging SLC to play the two-match Test series in there. It will be a huge boost as no Test cricket has been played there since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. But SLC has agreed only to a limited-over leg spread over two weeks (3 ODIs and 3 T20s).

    De Silva said SLC made that decision after careful consideration of all factors, giving highest priority to player safety.

    “We have carefully assessed the situation before reaching this decision and I am sure the players will reciprocate,” he emphasised.

    “At no point will we compromise their safety. If there had been any doubt, we wouldn’t have gone ahead.”

    Marshal Goonethileke will also travel and remain with the team during the tour. While Pakistan has hosted a few international limited-over matches since the 2009 incident which injured at least six Sri Lankan players en route to Gaddafi Stadium, no team has visited to play the longer format despite repeated PCB appeals.

    “If they have concerns, they could bring them to the notice of the management but I am sure they will honour our commitment,” De Silva said.

    Even if all others agree–which is highly unlikely–seamer Suranga Lakmal is expected to pull out. Lakmal was playing his maiden series when the tragic attack took place and was one of the six to have suffered injuries.

    In 2015, a suicide blast outside Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium killed one person as the Zimbabwe team played against Pakistan in the first ODI featuring an international team since the 2009 attack, showing that the place is still vulnerable. Pakistan recently hosted a three-match T20 series between Pakistan and World XI in a bid to revive international cricket but the memories of their ill-fated tour still linger in the minds of Sri Lankan players.

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    A few senior players of the Sri Lanka cricket team have expressed their unwillingness to travel to Pakistan where a limited overs series has been arranged between the two countries to be played this month.

    Minister of Sports Harin Fernando said that one of the players was fast bowler Suranga Lakmal after family members raised concerns over their safety.

    Ever since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore in 2009, no country had sent its national cricket to play in Pakistan.

    But Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after inspecting high profile security arrangements in Pakistan and assured of protection for visiting teams decided to consent to playing three ODIs and three T20s. Minister Fernando said that if there was an issue over security he would travel to Pakistan along with the players for greater assurance.

    “I can accompany the players just to boost their confidence levels,” he said.

    Sri Lanka has also agreed to play the two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE after the white ball matches.

    Meanwhile the wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwell who was last month named as the vice captain of the T20 team is reported to have asked for permission to play in domestic series in the West Indies during the same time Sri Lanka is to tour Pakistan.

    http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/09...ts-his-hand-go


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    I think people still see us as the Pak of 2009.
    Terrorism has been greatly reduced in those 10 years. People just don't seem to understand. Smh

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    Great to see international cricket being played in Pakistan. Need of the hour.

    Hope Sri Lanka agrees to play Test Cricket in Pakistan as well. Why is this not a 3 Test series?

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    Excellent news - only issue is, I hope SRL doesn't agree to play Tests in PAK - they must stick to UAE for Test venues for the survival of Test cricket in PAK. BECAUSE, I am damn sure PCB will arrange those 2 Tests at Lahore in Mid December, 60 overs/day and 3rd innings of the game starting on 5th morning. This is exactly why ZIM won 1998 PAK Series, and SRL almost won 1991 Series against a PAK team that eventually won the WC few months later, or Krish Srikkant's IND survived a 0-4 (At least 0-3) in 1989. Only a board like PCB can arrange Test matches in North PAK, in the month of December........ then expect 90 overs to be played in a day's play, starting at 10 AM, when Magrib Azan takes place at around 5:00PM

    Arranging Test Matches in PAK (In DEC), will make the format even more unpopular in PAK - disgusted spectators might arrange nationwide "Bandh", next time when PCB tries to arrange Test cricket in PAK. Unless it's possible to ensure 6.5 hours playing light, I don't think it's wise to arrange Test cricket in PAK - already the wickets are worst of it's kind in cricket world including associates; watching 300 overs' Test matches on those wickets will be a 4th degree torture.

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    Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Sri Lankan Cricket Team is coming to play in Karachi from September 25. “This is good news which I want to share with all of you.

    Mr Shah said that the international cricket has returned to Karachi for which he congratulated Police, Rangers, Pakistan Army and particularly to the people of Karachi.”We all with best coordinated efforts have made Karachi a peaceful city and the return of international cricket team back to city shows the confidence of ICC in our government,” he said.

    The chief minister said that after 10th Moharram he would chair a separate meeting purely on the security arrangements of cricket matches.

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    Sri Lanka One-Day International (ODI) captain Dimuth Karunarate is reluctant to tour Pakistan for the upcoming limited-overs series later this month. According to a Sri Lanka newspaper, Karunaratne has already communicated his apprehensions regarding the tour to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Sri Lanka Twenty20 (T20) captain Lasith Malinga is also expected to follow Karunaratne’s lead and back out of the tour. The newspaper further claimed that the SLC approved the tour to Pakistan without consulting the senior players. Sri Lanka players are concerned regarding the duration of the tour as no other international team has stayed for this long in Pakistan since a decade.

    However, SLC wants to reciprocate the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for sending their Under-19 team to the island nation after the recent bomb blasts in Colombo. On the other hand, the SLC officials are confident that they will be able to convince the players to travel to Pakistan and have held a meeting to listen to players concerns in this regard on September 9. Sri Lanka Sport Minister Harin Fernando has also assured the players that he would himself travel with them to ease their fears regarding the tour. Earlier, the PCB and SLC had announced to swap matches of the split series in Pakistan, meaning the ODIs and the T20Is will now be played from September 27 to October 9 while the Tests will be held in December. According to the PCB, Pakistan was scheduled to host Sri Lanka for two World Test Championship matches in October before Sri Lanka returns for three ODIs and three T20Is in late December. The decision to swap matches was made following a ‘phone discussion between PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and SLC President Shammi Silva.



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    Reports say that SLC will make another effort to convince players on 9th September


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    Their decision tbh.

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    It will be a disaster if senior players don’t play. It just wouldn’t serve any purpose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    It will be a disaster if senior players don’t play. It just wouldn’t serve any purpose.
    Yes it would. Terrorists don't care whether Malinga is playing or some other kid is playing. The tour will be high profile anyways and 2-3 players not coming won't change that. It'll show yet again that Pakistan is safe for cricket.

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    I'd even go on to say that they will be safer in pak than Sri Lanka itself.
    The amount of security they're getting and still they're complaining
    It's absurd

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    Wasnt there few big incidents in Srl recently targeting their hotels with number of casualties? While BD players just survived shooting in NZ mosque?

    While players of these teams are showing their reluctancy due to an event which happened more than a decade ago.

    Yes its their right but ICC needs to come in the issue at one stage as incidents are happening in almost every country now rather Pak has been safer than most for sometime. This double standard needs to end.
    Its just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Wasnt there few big incidents in Srl recently targeting their hotels with number of casualties? While BD players just survived shooting in NZ mosque?

    While players of these teams are showing their reluctancy due to an event which happened more than a decade ago.

    Yes its their right but ICC needs to come in the issue at one stage as incidents are happening in almost every country now rather Pak has been safer than most for sometime. This double standard needs to end.
    Its just my opinion.
    It's the stigma.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Wasnt there few big incidents in Srl recently targeting their hotels with number of casualties? While BD players just survived shooting in NZ mosque?

    While players of these teams are showing their reluctancy due to an event which happened more than a decade ago.

    Yes its their right but ICC needs to come in the issue at one stage as incidents are happening in almost every country now rather Pak has been safer than most for sometime. This double standard needs to end.
    Its just my opinion.
    +1

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    Will it be wise to host entire PSL in Pakistan? Seems certain that big foreign names won’t be eager to play in Pakistan. Brand PSL might take a hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nov15 View Post
    Will it be wise to host entire PSL in Pakistan? Seems certain that big foreign names won’t be eager to play in Pakistan. Brand PSL might take a hit.
    iirc last time nearly all of the foreigner players who were in the UAE leg of the PSL came to pak.
    So no it'll not take a hit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronaldo7 View Post
    iirc last time nearly all of the foreigner players who were in the UAE leg of the PSL came to pak.
    So no it'll not take a hit
    Difference is that they were there for a week at best.

    Now that the entire PSL is being played in Pakistan, foreigners would be essentially locked up in a hotel room for a month.

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    Will be interesting to see what Sri Lankas squad will be and at the same time Pakistan as well will we see some new faces

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextover666666 View Post
    Will be interesting to see what Sri Lankas squad will be and at the same time Pakistan as well will we see some new faces
    If sarfaraz plays, I don't what I'd do

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    PCB worried over unavailability of senior SL players for home series

    The continued refusal of senior Sri Lankan players including captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews to tour Pakistan for a limited over series later this month has left the PCB authorities worried.

    Though the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made no official comment on the senior Sri Lanka players' availability, sources in the board said they are in touch with the Sri Lankan board officials and Sports Minister Harin Fernando.

    "Technically it is an internal matter of the Sri Lankan board so we can't comment on it. But the bottom line is that the tour is on from 25th September and we are making all preparations to host them in Karachi and Lahore," an official source said.

    He said Pakistan would accept whatever team the Sri Lankan board sends for the three One-day Internationals and three T20s.

    Media reports have claimed that Test and ODI captain Karunaratne, T20 captain Malinga and senior pro Matthews have informed the Sri Lankan board they will not tour Pakistan because of security concerns.

    The families of the three players are said to be uncomfortable with the prospect of them playing in Pakistan which is understandable since it was in March, 2009 that terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, leading to Pakistan's isolation as as an international cricket destination.

    A source in the PCB said that the Sri Lankan Sports Minister had called the three players for a meeting on Monday in which they would be assured of the full security arrangements to be made for the tour.

    Fernando himself has offered to tour with the team from September 25 to October 9.

    But it is obvious that neither the Minister nor the Sri Lankan board can force any player to make the tour.

    For the first time since 2009, the PCB is preparing to host a top tier team for a proper bilateral series that involves ODI and T20 series.

    The Sri Lankan team had come down to Lahore for a day to play a lone T20 match in October, 2017 while the ICC World Eleven and West Indies have also played short T20 series in Pakistan in the last two years.

    But this is the first time in 10 years, a top team will be in Pakistan for more than two weeks.

    The Sri Lankan and Pakistan boards agreed to the limited over series after the former initially rejected a request to play two games of the ICC World Test Championship in Pakistan.

    The Sri Lankans are set to review the security arrangements for the coming limited over series based on which they would then take a decision on whether to play the Tests in December in Pakistan or in the UAE.

    https://www.business-standard.com/ar...0800585_1.html


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    For the PSL it will be even worse. Maybe a few A class players at the best.


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    https://www.bdcrictime.com/30-sri-la...pakistan-tour/

    30 Sri Lankan players invited to let their availability known for Pakistan tour

    SLC has agreed to play three ODIs’ and three T-20I in Pakistan from September 27 to October 9.

    “All ODI and T-20 players (this includes few who play Tests matches also) have been invited by us”, a source in Colombo confirmed to this Reporter on Sunday morning.

    The T-20 captain Lasith Malinga will attend the meeting, however, the ODI skipper Dimuth Karunaratne is unlikely to be present as he has gone to USA to attend some wedding, it is learnt here.

    Before leaving Sri Lanka, Dimuth has already expressed his desire to skip the Pakistan tour. It is not known whether he would be asked to appear via video link / WhatsApp chat.

    The other player to skip Monday’s meeting will be Thisara Perera, who has been playing the Caribbean Premier League. Incidentally, Thisara led the last Lankan team, which toured Pakistan in October, 2017.

    “He is not enthusiast to go to Pakistan this time but has been given NOC to play the CPL-T20 with a condition that he would return, if his services are sought by the SLC as per contract”, the source, privy to the development said.

    “Isuru Udana too was selected for the CPLT-20, but has remained in Sri Lanka and is willing to travel to Pakistan”, the source added.

    “All team support staff members, whose extended contracts have come to an end with the recent series against New Zealand are not invited but Rumesh Ratnayake may remain present”.

    Availability of chief selector Ashantha de Mel, who has been managing the team so far will be known on Monday.

    The players will be briefed by the SLC president Shami Silva and the security expert Roshan Goonathilake, who was one of the members of the recce team and “cleared” the tour.


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    Don't blame SriLankans. What happened here back then was our failure in terms of intelligence and security.

    They saw first hand what happened here a decade ago. If they don't want to tour, respect that and leave them be, rather than insinuating they are pretending to not join the tour to negotiate for a bigger cheque or for other lucrative opportunities or whatever.

    It's not like the Pakistani administration (in cricket or overall) has become even 1% more professional or trustworthy in any way since then, regardless of what they say. Look into you own collar before pointing fingers outwards.


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