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All PSL-5 matches to be held in Pakistan, says Ehsan Mani
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All PSL-5 matches to be held in Pakistan, says Ehsan Mani

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani on Thursday announced that all matches of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League will be held in Pakistan.

Speaking to the reporters at Gaddafi Stadium, Mani said the matches will be split up across four venues which include Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan.

"We have identified four venues. We are working on making that a reality and have begun improving the stadiums. Unfortunately, over the past ten years these stadiums were not maintained because Pakistan did not have international cricket," said Mani.

While there has been a lot of maintenance and up-gradation work been done in Karachi and Lahore, he said work was being done to improve Rawalpindi and Multan stadiums.

‘Pakistan to host Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for Test championship’

Mani added that international teams will be touring Pakistan this year as the country will host Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for ICC Test championship and bilateral series.

“We will host the Sri Lankan team for two test matches of this inaugural edition of the event in September then our team will be flying to Australia in October/November for two Tests which also includes a day-night encounter," he said.

The PCB chairman also revealed that Sri Lanka will be playing a bilateral series in Pakistan in December this year which will consist of three ODIs and as many T20Is.

He announced that following Sri Lanka’s visit, Bangladesh will be touring Pakistan in January/February 2020 for two Test matches of the ICC Test championship.

The two Tests will be followed by a three-match bilateral T20I series against the same opposition.

“I am confident that with the successful holding of these events we will be able to send a positive message to the world that things have become conducive in Pakistan as far as the holding of international cricket matches is concerned,” he said.