Sri Lanka president keen to beef up ties with Pakistan

Posted October 18, 2017

"SLC have over the past two months conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan, the PCB and independent Security experts", an SLC release stated.

Earlier, 40 players, including most in the current squad, had given a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket board (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala expressing their unwillingness to travel to Lahore.

Accordingly, the 15 member squad will be announced on October 20.

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The final will be played on October 29 in Lahore, where the Sri Lankan team bus came under attack from militants in 2009.

The Oct. 29 match will be the first played in Pakistan by Sri Lanka-or any other top worldwide team-since militants ambushed its team bus en route to the Lahore stadium in 2009, wounding at least seven players.

Sri Lankan new-ball bowlers Lahiru Gamage (4/57) and Suranga Lakmal (1/42) made early inroads with three wickets inside first power-play.

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The foreign secretary highlighted the huge goodwill for Sri Lanka in Pakistan, which continues to encourage both the countries to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations. Hashan Thilakaratne (batting coach), Rumesh Ratnayake (bowling coach), Asanka Gurusinha (manager) and Nic Pothas (head coach) are all willing to tour Lahore after head coach Mickey Arthur spoke to them, a source in the PCB confirmed to The Express Tribune.

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). Thisara Perera, now part of the ODI squad in the UAE, was Sri Lanka's only representative in those matches.

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in the second ODI by 32 runs of the five-match series in Abu Dhabi.

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