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Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan

PCB chairman Mani plays down concerns over Sri Lanka series

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani stressed the Sri Lankan team is still set to visit Pakistan for a limited-overs series despite the Sri Lankan board approaching its government for a security reassessment.

Mani assured there was no negative feedback from Sri Lanka Cricket and was confident of Pakistan hosting the series.

"Discussions are going on and there has been no negative feedback from Sri Lanka Cricket. They have not said they will not come," Mani addressed the media in Lahore.

"We are confident that the series will be held in Pakistan," he added.

Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Karachi and Lahore between September 27 and October 9.

The fate of the tour was put into doubt when SLC revealed it had "received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the Sri Lankan team" hours after announcing the ODI and T20 squads.

Earlier, ten top Sri Lankan players including Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera, who had visited Pakistan in the past, pulled out of the tour citing security concerns.

Although SLC had confirmed the tour following a rigorous evaluation of the security arrangements in place, they have now sought the Sri Lankan government's assistance to "reassess the situation."

When asked about the tourists' depleted squads for the series, Mani reiterated the importance of international cricket occurring in Pakistan.

"For us what is important is that Pakistan is hosting an international series and they are committed to coming," the PCB chief added.

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