The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asserted that it will not shift the series against Sri Lanka to a neutral venue. The series was scheduled to be held later this month in Pakistan. The Sri Lankan team was about to tour Pakistan for 3 ODI's and 3 T20 matches against Pakistan, and plans seemed to be on track until the Sri Lankan Prime Minister's Office received information about a possible terror attack on the team.
Following the information, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said they needed to ‘reassess’ their plans for the Pakistan tour. According to a report from Pakistani cricket website, the country is monitoring the situation but has refused to move the tournament to a neutral venue. The report also says that PCB is of the opinion that shifting the tournament to a neutral venue would make it difficult to convince other foreign players to play in the country. They feel that foreign players will resist playing for the upcoming PSL (Pakistan Super League) as well.
This news comes in a few days after a few Sri Lankan players had opted out of the tour as their families were uncomfortable with them playing in Pakistan, including Latish Malinga, Angelo Mathews, and Dimuth Karunaratne. Following this development, Lahiru Thirimanne was announced as the skipper for the ODI team and Shanaka was announced as the captain for the T20 games.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play three ODI’s and as many T20’s in Karachi and Lahore. The matches are scheduled between September 27 and October 9. The Sri Lanka Cricket announced the squads that will participate in the tour of Pakistan on Wednesday. International cricket was banned in Pakistan following a gun attack on a touring Sri Lankan Team in Lahore on their way to the Gaddafi stadium.