Sri Lanka to play limited-overs series in Pakistan before December tests

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Pakistan will host Sri Lanka for six limited over internationals starting next month, the two cricket boards said on Friday, another step towards reviving worldwide cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.

According to the formulated programme in the FTP, Pakistan was scheduled to host Sri Lanka for two World Test Championship matches in October before Sri Lanka returned for the limited-overs series in late December.

The decision to swap matches was made following a 'phone discussion between PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and SLC President Shammi Silva on Friday. The ODIs will be the first to take place in Pakistan since Zimbabwe toured for a three-match ODI series in 2015; all the global cricket since the 2017 PSL final has been in the form of T20Is.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) successfully hosted three Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoff matches in 2018 and eight games in 2019 including four playoffs in Pakistan afterwards.

The Sri Lankan team had also played a T20I on the Pakistani soil, two years ago.

(SLC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed to bring forward the limited-overs leg of the split series and pushed back the two tests, which were originally set to take place in October. The Tests will now be played in December. Since the 2009 attacks, a majority of worldwide teams have refused to tour Pakistan over security fears, forcing Pakistan to play their home matches at neutral venues.

The Sri Lanka cricket team will arrive in Karachi on September 25 and following their matches in Lahore will fly home on October 10.

Earlier this month, Sri Lanka carried out their security assessment in Lahore and Karachi - the two possible venues for any global cricket in the series - and it threw up "very positive" results.

Earlier in 2017, Sri Lanka did play a T20I in Pakistan but the big names refused to participate in the event. "The tour for limited-overs matches will also provide Sri Lanka with an even better understanding of the ground situation before discussing the schedule of the Tests".

The decision to swap matches was taken during a telephone conversation between PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and SLC President Shammi Silva.

Earlier, there were reports that the two teams will take on each other for two Tests, however, the SLC put all the rumors to rest and announced that they aren't in the position to play a Test series in Pakistan, at the moment.

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