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Shanaka: 'I am satisfied with the security arranged for us'
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan

Shanaka: 'I am satisfied with the security arranged for us'

Sri Lanka T20I captain Dasun Shanaka said he had no reservations about touring Pakistan for the six limited-overs fixtures starting on September 27.

Shanaka reiterated his confidence in the security promises by the hosts before departing with the squad for Pakistan on Tuesday.

"I have been there before," he said, referring to his previous trip to Lahore to participate in the solitary T20 international in October 2017.

Shanaka, who has played 30 T20Is after making his debut four years ago, looked forward to the challenge of captaining Sri Lanka for the first time in his career.

"I am satisfied with the security arranged for us and I am happy to lead my team to Pakistan. We hope to give a good fight to our very strong hosts."

The 28-year-old all-rounder was named skipper after Lasith Malinga and nine other top Sri Lankan cricketers pulled out of the tour citing security concerns.

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Subsequently, doubts persisted over the future of the series following reports that the visitors could be targeted by militants.

Sri Lanka's cricket board finally went ahead with the scheduled tour when it received the all-clear from the defence ministry last week.

Stand-in ODI captain Lahiru Thirimanne echoed Shanaka's sentiments before the depleted national cricket squad left Colombo where they took the blessings of saffron-robed Buddhist monks.

Most international teams have shied away from touring Pakistan following the horrific terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, which left six players injured.

Sri Lanka have been assured a high level of protection this time around, typically planned for visits by heads of state.