Sri Lanka ready to tour Pakistan

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: After the deadly March 2009 attack, on the touring Sri Lankan team, the international cricket teamsImage have turned their backs on Pakistan and ever since the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been running from pillar to post for the revival of international cricket in the country without much luck. After almost four years, a ray of hope arrived from the same country as Sri Lanka hinted to tour Pakistan again if adequate security arrangements are guaranteed to them. “Insurgency is not new to us as we have seen it in Sri Lanka for three decades. The 2009 incident was unfortunate, but Sri Lanka can tour Pakistan again if decent security arrangements are guaranteed”, said Sri Lanka Cricket’s media manager Rajith Fernando, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

““Sri Lanka highly values the support from Pakistan in tough times. We understand Pakistan’s agony and ready to help in every possible way”, added Rajith Fernandorajith

On a question, Fernando did not rule out the possibility of a formal discussion, on the matter, between the officials of the PCB and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in the near future.

The interim chairman of the PCB, Najam Sethi and the Secretary of SLC, Nishantha Ranatunga are in the UAE to witness the ongoing series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The SLC spokesman also touched upon the upcoming tour to Bangladesh and hoped it would happen as per scheduled. “We have not decided to call the tour off as yet but the final decision will be taken after thorough deliberation. We hope situation will get better after the general elections in Bangladesh”, said Rajith Fernando

Bangladesh is scheduled to host Sri Lanka for two Tests, two Twenty20s and three ODIs during a series starting from January 27.

The writer is a journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV in Pakistan and tweets @mak_asif

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