After years of isolation in the world cricket, Pakistan could soon host a highest-profile international cricket in the last eight years as Sri Lanka cricket President announced his willingness to take Sri Lankan team to Pakistan to play a few T20I matches.
Since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, no international team – except for Zimbabwe in 2015 – has visited Pakistan, citing critical security situation in the country. A visit by Sri Lanka may just prove to be a critical juncture for reviving international cricket in Pakistan.
A Sri Lanka Cricket release said: "Sri Lanka will play at least one of the three T20s in Lahore, in September," so long as "the logistical and operational plans fall in place".
Speaking at the Asian Cricket Council's (ACC) AGM in Colombo on Saturday, SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala made the announcement, citing Pakistan's willingness to tour Sri Lanka during the island's own civil war as the reason to play in Lahore.
"I am keen to take my team to Pakistan," Sumathipala said. "We have had our security experts visit and make an assessment, and things look positive with things improving all over the country and especially Lahore being cleared."
The newly appointed PCB chief Najam Sethi confirmed the development on Twitter, welcoming the statement of Sri Lanka Cricket president.
Pakistan Is also due to host a World XI team for three T20 games mid-September. But the status World XI tour is still uncertain as the PCB is still awaiting a go ahead from the provincial government.