LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Saturday announced the schedule of the Sri Lanka Tour to Pakistan 2017 (to be played at the neutral venue in UAE).
The series comprises 2 Test Matches, 5 One Day Internationals, and 3 T-20I matches with last T-20I to be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore (subject to security clearance) on October 29, 2017.
The series commences on September 28 with a two match Test series with the second Test match of the series to be a Day-Night Test match to be played at Dubai Cricket Stadium (DCS) from October 6, 2017, according to PCB.
The five-match ODI series between the two teams will be played in three cities i.e. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah starting from October 13, 2017.
The first two T-20I matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, followed by the third T-20I to take place in Lahore in continuation with the return of international cricket following World XI tour to Pakistan.
Pakistan has not seen international team showcasing their skills in its grounds ever since a bus carrying Sri Lankan team came under drive-by ambush near Lahore’s Liberty Square in 2009, injuring seven players.
Since then, the only international team to visit Pakistan is Zimbabwe, who played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015. Pakistan plays their “home” internationals in the United Arab Emirates.
Though the demands rose to a crescendo regarding the revival of cricket in the country in few years but the successful Pakistan Super League final in Lahore gave a major boost to the perception of normalization of law and order situation in the country in March.
This month, World-XI team is visiting Pakistan to play a three-match (T20) series.