Pak-Lanka T20I in Lahore not yet certain

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MUMBAI: The Pakistan Cricket Board may have an agreement in principal with their counterparts in Sri Lanka for a team from the Emerald Isles to play a Twenty20 International in Lahore towards the tail-end of the current series, but some of the players are not reportedly ‘ready for the tour’.

According to Sri Lanka's Sunday Times, there is a distinct possibility of the match being shifted to Pakistan’s adopted home — UAE.

SLC will send an independent security expert to assess the situation later this week before a final call but whether country’s cricketers would want to take the risk remains doubtful, the newspaper reported.

Sri Lanka are scheduled to play the third and final T20 international in Lahore on October 29, eight years after terrorists attacked the team bus heading to the Qaddafi Stadium there fo

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r the third day’s play of the second Test against Pakistan. Six Sri Lankan cricketers were injured.

“As much as we understand the need to help Pakistan at this moment, we need to grasp the mentality of the players here,” a national cricketer told the paper. “It was our team which was directly targeted and even though most of us were not with the team at that time, the scares still haunt us. At this moment, the players are not in favour of touring Pakistan but let’s wait and see.”

“We will be meeting ICC officials mid this week and will get their views on the current security situation in Pakistan,” Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashely de Silva told Sunday Times. "If they provide a positive feedback, we will send a representative to assess the situation again before making a final decision.”