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Sri Lankan security delegation completes visit to Karachi and Lahore

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) sent their security delegation to Pakistan that visited Karachi on 6th August and Lahore today.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and SLC have been in talks for hosting two Test matches in the country during October.

Pakistan have been starved of Test cricket since the horrific terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus back in 2009.

It is not financially viable for the PCB to host home series in UAE because of the high losses incurred with sparse crowds in Test matches. 

Mohan De Silva, SLC's honorary secretary, on his visit to National Stadium Karachi addressed the media and stated they will report their findings to the relevant authorities back home.

"We have come here with one of our most senior officer, Air Marshal Roshan Gunaratne and two others, that means we also mean business.

"So when we go back, we will forward a report to our executive committee and as you know, due to the unfortunate experiences we had in 2009, there will be a lot of concerns, naturally, amongst the players and the people of our country."

"We need to carry out a thorough assessment of the security situation here, also depending on intelligence reports, and we will thereafter let the Pakistan Cricket Board know how best we could take this matter forward," he told reporters.

PCB director for international cricket, Zakir Khan, gave a briefing to the delegation regarding the security arrangements.

Tours of Sri Lanka, West Indies, World XI, Zimbabwe and PSL finals have all been successfully held in Pakistan over the past few years to try and win back the confidence of international teams to play in the country.

The proposed Sri Lankan tour will consist of two Test matches while the limited-overs leg of the series is scheduled to take place in the UAE.

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