The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is in talks with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to play two out of three T20I between the two countries next month in Lahore, PCB chairman Najam Sethi told reporters at the PCB headquarters.
“The SLC had committed to play one T20 contest in Lahore, but I am convincing them to play two matches in Pakistan,” Sethi said. “They would only be possible if the World XI series goes smoothly. Then there is the West Indies tour [in November]. They would come for a three-match T20I series if these two series are held without any trouble.”
SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala had shown his interest to send the Sri Lankan team to Pakistan for at least one T20I after the end of the Asian Cricket Council's (ACC) Annual General Meeting.
Sumathipala, who is also the the chairman of ACC’s development committee, had said: “I am keen to take my team to Pakistan. 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. We have three T20I games coming up against Pakistan in September and we would like to play at least one of those games in Lahore.”
Pakistan host Sri Lanka for a full series – which include two Tests, five ODIs, and three T20Is – from September 28 in the United Arab Emirates.
The first Test is expected to be a day/night affair. If it is then it would be Sri Lanka’s first-ever pink-ball Test.
Pakistan have played two day/night Tests to date, the first against the West Indies and the second against Australia.