Sri Lanka Cricket approves team's visit to Pakistan for T20 match

Posted October 18, 2017

The first two matches of the series will be played in Abu Dhabi on October 26 and 27, and wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera will captain the Islanders in the T20I format.

Sri Lanka's cricket board Tuesday halved a six-match ban imposed on all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka for misconduct, amid speculation several players may drop out of an upcoming Twenty20 series final in Pakistan.

The board announced Monday that it would go ahead with the tour and "confirmed its commitment to play the third T20" in Lahore after assessments by government agencies, independent security experts and the International Cricket Council.

The guests will play the third and final T20I match in Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on October 29.

But Sri Lanka were similarly found wanting with the bat and, despite Upul Tharanga replicating Babar's heroics by racking up an unbeaten 112, it was not enough to rescue a result for his side. "The ICC also will meet the players on Saturday to brief them about the situation in Lahore", CricBuzz quoted a source from the SLC as saying.

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Sri Lankan new-ball bowlers Lahiru Gamage (4/57) and Suranga Lakmal (1/42) made early inroads with three wickets inside first power-play.

Thisera Parera, who was part of the World XI team that visited Pakistan in September for the Independence Cup, did not sign the letter, CricBuzz said.

The foreign secretary highlighted the huge goodwill for Sri Lanka in Pakistan, which continues to encourage both the countries to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations.

The victory gives Pakistan a 2-0 lead in the five-match series while this becomes Sri Lanka's ninth defeat in a row. Thisara Perera, now part of the ODI squad in the UAE, was Sri Lanka's only representative in those matches.