Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ehsan Mani spoke to the Sri Lankan Cricket Board President on Friday, after which it was decided to play the first ODI and T20 series, followed by the Test series. The series is part of the ICC World Test Championship.
Ehsan Mani says the Sri Lankan Cricket Board appreciates the efforts that the Pakistan Cricket Board is making to restore the international cricket in the country.
He says the Sri Lankan cricket team coming to Pakistan and playing the one-day and Twenty20 series will also help to better assess the situation, which will be helpful for the Test series.
Pakistan vs Srilanka Series 2019 Schedule
27 Sep – 1st ODI, Karachi
29 Sep – 2nd ODI, Karachi
2 Oct – 3rd ODI, Karachi
5 Oct – 1st T20I, Lahore
7 Oct – 2nd T20I, Lahore
9 Oct – 3rd T20I, Lahore
Remember that Sri Lanka is the last team to play Test series in Pakistan in 2009. During the same tour, the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by terrorists on the eve of a Test match played in Lahore, killing several people and injuring a few Sri Lankan cricketers.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has continued its efforts to return to international cricket, and as a result of these efforts, the first Zimbabwean team played a ODI and T20 series in Lahore in 2015. Then last year, International XI, West Indies and Sri Lanka played T20 matches in Pakistan.
As a result of these efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board, several matches of Pakistan Super League have been held in Pakistan and now the board has announced that next year all matches of Pakistan Super League will be held in Pakistan.
In October 2017, Sri Lanka played a T20 match in Lahore for the first time since a terror attack near the same venue in March 2009. That attack had left eight people dead and seven Sri Lanka players and staff injured.