Enjoyed every moment of the Pakistan tour, says Sri Lanka coach
Sri Lanka coach Rumesh Ratnayake called the recently concluded tour of Pakistan an enjoyable experience and hoped it would lead to other teams to visit the country.
Sri Lanka, originally scheduled to play two Tests in Pakistan, agreed to embark on a trip to the South Asian nation to play six limited-overs fixtures despite the withdrawal of ten senior players and an alleged terror threat.
Talking about the security arrangements in place for the team, Ratnayake felt the fear of playing in Pakistan had been completely eradicated.
"It has been a pleasure to experience the hospitality of Pakistan after a long, long time and if anything, it has even gotten better.
"You have done a great job in having us here and the security has been impeccable. We've enjoyed every moment of it even though some of us came in doubt. But I'm sure that doubt has been taken out now," Ratnayake told reporters.
The 55-year-old, who played 23 Tests for Sri Lanka, felt the series would encourage the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan on a regular basis.
Pakistan have hosted only a handful of international games at home after the end of a six-year hiatus following the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.
"I think this tour is a message for the whole world and for future Sri Lankans. By us playing here, so many other countries will be encouraged to be here."
"We would love to see the ultimate thing for Pakistan cricket, which would be an India-Pakistan game."
'We want to see consistency in the future'
Sri Lanka were written off before the start of the T20I series for fielding a supposedly 'second-string' side but they took top-ranked Pakistan by surprise and triumphed in all the three games.
Speaking on the immense value of the series whitewash for Sri Lanka, Ratnayake believed this would instill self-belief in the younger crop of players.
"This performance will bring about a huge impact on the supporters and players. Those future players, who are watching, will take courage from it and lead the growth of the game."
He admitted there was still a need for consistency, which Sri Lanka desperately requires going forth in all forms of the game.
"We won here, but I want to see consistency in the future. This is just T20 cricket, there are two other formats, and we should not be overawed by this achievement.
"We need to take a leaf from this and that should help us take it to another level in all aspects of the game," he added.