Sri Lanka Agree to Play T20I in Lahore; Upul Tharanga Pulls Out

Posted October 18, 2017

The first two T20Is will be played Abu Dhabi, before the teams move to Lahore to play the much-anticipated final game on October 29.

Skipper Upul Tharanga became the first Sri Lankan and 11th batsmen in the one-day history to carry his bat through a complete innings with a fighting 144-ball 112 not out with 14 boundaries - his 15th ODI century. It remains to be seen if the selectors will name a full-strength squad or a second-string side as 40 contracted players had signed the letter.

According to a Cricbuzz report, Tharanga's withdrawal also makes him ineligible to play in the first two T20 global matches of the series in the UAE as selectors had earlier announced that they would pick one squad for all the T20 worldwide matches versus Pakistan.

SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala will accompany the team to Lahore, the statement added. The board officials had also stated earlier that Sri Lanka's players had been promised the same level of security afforded to the World XI team in September, and that the ICC was also willing to send its match officials to Pakistan. 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.

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Two children aged 12 and 3 were among the seven others injured in the incident that occurred between 6 and 7 Ejipura area. Rescue personnel pulled out three people from under the debris and rushed them to nearby hospitals.

No top worldwide cricket side has returned to Pakistan since then.

But last month Pakistan hosted three Twenty20 internationals against a World XI in the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Pakistan's efforts to conduct worldwide cricket matches at home received a major setback on Monday as Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga pulled out of the scheduled T20 global in Lahore citing security reasons.