Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan for limited-overs fixtures next month
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday released the schedule for the forthcoming ODI and T20 series against Sri Lanka at home.
PCB and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have agreed to swap the matches of the split series in Pakistan, pushing the dates of the two Tests which will now be played in December.
Pakistan was originally expected to host Sri Lanka for two Test matches as part of their first assignment under the recently inaugurated World Test Championship before the limited-overs fixtures later this year.
The decision to swap was made following a telephone conversation between the two chiefs of the cricket boards.
Sri Lanka will arrive in Karachi on September 25 before participating in the first of the three ODIs two days later.
The ODI series will conclude on October 2 followed by the three T20Is that commence on October 5.
The visitors will fly back home on October 10 - the day after their final T20I.
The tour will mark Sri Lanka's first visit to Pakistan since they last played a solitary T20I in Lahore in 2017.
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.— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 23, 2019
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“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," PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said.
"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," he added.
“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."
'Would not have toured if there had been any doubts' - SLC President
SLC President Shammi Silva claimed the visit by the security delegation to Pakistan earlier this month had paved the way for Sri Lanka's readiness to go ahead with the tour.
“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," he said.
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