International Cricket is Back: Sri Lanka to Tour Pakistan Soon

Sri Lankan board has allowed its cricket team to visit Pakistan, the first time since their bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore 8 years ago.

Since that 2009 attack, international cricket in Pakistan has suffered enormously as Zimbabwe has been the only full international side which has toured.

Thilanga Sumathipala, who is the Sri Lankan cricket chief, said that after a security assessment, the team has been cleared to play three Twenty20 internationals.

He also added that the Sri Lankan team will also play “at least one” of those matches in Lahore, where the attack occurred which left eight people dead.

The series could come as soon as next month, although any tour would still require government approval before the team is sent abroad.

Sumathipala was quoted as saying in a statement:

We have had our security experts visit and make an assessment; things look positive with improvement all over the country and especially with Lahore being cleared.

We have three T20 games coming up against Pakistan in September and we would like to play at least one of those games in Lahore.

Najam Sethi, the newly appointed PCB chairman, said that he is grateful for the decision made by Sumathipala to support Pakistan’s efforts to bring international cricket back to the country.

Sethi said that he had held “fruitful talks” with Sumathipala on the sidelines of the Colombo summit and added that preparations to stage one or two T20 matches in Lahore will begin soon.

“Once Sri Lanka has toured Pakistan, the doors will be open for safe passage of other teams to the country,” he said.


Zarar is the Editor of Sports and Auto section at ProPakistani.

  • SriLanka Ki Wajh Se Banned Howa tha INTERNATIONAL Cricket In Pakistan Main :
    INSHAH ALLAH SriLANKA Ki Wajh Se Ye Banned Khatam Hoga :.

    • KMQ

      Sri Lanka ki wajah se ban hua tha??

      • I Means Un Par Dhamaka K Bad Howa

        • Muhammed Ovais Alam

          Dhamaka kab howa?

          • I Mean HAMLA Howa tha AK-74s, 6–7 RPGs and 22–70 Hand grenades Se

            • Shahid

              are you sure?

            • AW AC

              Bhai. You police like Karachi police but looks like Lahore police. Great detective work like James bond. Me AC of you from Pindi.

  • Taib

    Considering the recent terrorist attacks, I don’t believe it is a good idea to allow foreign teams to play here. Safety comes first, always.

    • Muhammad Abrar Ali

      tu nikal aithin wadda Security tere wargy Karon
      Mobile chukwa k lokaan gallan krdy


    • Adeel Rehmani

      bhai mere jahalat na dikhao ab… Pakistan has improved, time has changed & so our security… har jagah attacks hote hain but kabhi kuch nahi ruka… aap ko tab maut naazil ho jaati hai jab India, London, France mein attacks hue aur wahan koi ban nahi laga sports pe???