The Sri Lankan team’s tour of Pakistan is a giant leap towards the gradual resumption of international cricket in the country. Pakistan has been forced to play most of its home series on the neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates, depriving local fans of the chance to see their favorite stars in action.
Thus this historic Sri Lanka tour – the longest such visit by an international team since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus – is a step in the right direction for Pakistan cricket. Guarded by high-profile security arrangements at all times, Sri Lankan players have largely been kept in their hotel rooms to avoid any untoward incident.
Amidst the second T20I between the two sides, Asantha De Mel admitted that while he was widely impressed with the presidential level security protocol given to his players, the only drawback was that the squad was restricted to the hotel they were staying in.