The iconic Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host the last of the three T20Is between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, a release on the Sri Lanka Cricket website confirmed on Monday.
They will, however, be without Upul Tharanga who pulled himself out of the final T20I, according to media reports. Kusal Perera, who has almost recovered from a hamstring injury, is expected to lead the side in his absence.
Sri Lankan players, last week, had indicated strong reluctance to travel to Lahore for the third T20I against Pakistan, by signing a letter that requests the match be moved to a neutral venue.
But Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed its commitment to play the final T20 game of the ongoing series at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on the 29th of October.
“SLC have over the past two months conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan, the PCB and independent Security experts and The Executive Committee today (16), evaluated the reports obtained together with the recommendation of the International Cricket Council – which successfully conducted the Independence Cup tournament in Lahore fielding a World XI Team – and having been fully satisfied with the stringent security measures in place, the SLC ExCo unanimously decided to play the 3rd T20 in Lahore on the 29th October,” the statement read.
Accordingly, the Selections Committee of SLC will finalise a squad of 22 by the 17th October, and announce the final 15 on the 20th October.
SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala is expected to accompany the team to Lahore.