Sri Lanka to send more teams to Pakistan


Sri Lanka plan to send more teams to play in Pakistan after being impressed with the high level of security their national team received for the T20I in Lahore on Sunday, according to Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva.

It was the first time the Sri Lanka team had played their Asian neighbours in Pakistan since gunmen attacked their team bus in 2009.

The attack saw eight people die and seven of members of the Sri Lanka team injured with Pakistan forced to play their matches at a neutral venues from then.

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De Silva confirmed that Sri Lanka will be sending an A side and an under-19 team to play in Pakistan after being satisfied with all the arrangements for Sunday’s game.

“They delivered the security they promised and we were very satisfied with all the arrangements,” said de Silva.

“Our FTP (Future Tours Program) does not include Pakistan, but we will have one as soon as possible.

“We are sending our A team and an Under-19 team to play against Pakistan shortly.”

Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara and board President Thilanga Sumathipala also travelled to Lahore for the final of the three-match T20 series to underline Colombo’s confidence in the security arrangements.

Pakistan won the series three-nil with the first two matches being played in Abu Dhabi.