Sri Lanka to play third T20I in Lahore on Oct 29


LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi confirmed on Monday that the Sri Lankan team is set to play the third T20 International against Pakistan at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.
Upon his arrival at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport after attending the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) meeting in New Zealand, PCB chief Najam Sethi said that the Sri Lankan cricket chief has confirmed that the Sri Lankan cricket team would play the Third T20 in Lahore on October 29.
Sethi stated that he has asked the concerned authorities to make proper arrangements for the peaceful holding of the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Gaddafi Stadium. Pakistan leads the ongoing One Day International (ODI) series by 1-0 being staged in Pakistan cricket teams’ second home the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Four more ODI’s remain for both sides to beat the other and improve their ICC ODI rankings. Sri Lanka won the Two-Test match series earlier by 21 and 68 runs respectively, meanwhile, on October 13, Pakistan won the opening ODI by 83 runs against the Lankans.
The October 29 match will be the first played in Pakistan by Sri Lanka – or any other top international team – since militants ambushed its team bus en route to the Lahore stadium in 2009, wounding at least seven players. Doubts over whether the match would take place were raised over the weekend when some players expressed concerns for their safety and the board said it would review security reports, making a final determination on Monday.
Lahore will host the T20 series finale following several matches played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where Pakistan have played their “home” internationals since the ambush. Since 2009, the only international team to visit Pakistan is Zimbabwe, who played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015. But after Pakistan successfully staged the final of its domestic Pakistan Super League tournament in Lahore under heavy security this March, the country hoped international games could once again resume.