SLC confirms 3rd T20I to be played in Lahore

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed its commitment to play the third and final T20 game of the ongoing Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan on  29 October.

The decision came on Monday after deliberations over two months when the Sri Lanka board conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the governments of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the PCB and independent security experts, says an official statement.

The executive committee evaluated the reports together with the recommendation of the International Cricket Council, which recently conducted the Independence Cup tournament in Lahore fielding a World XI Team, and decided to play the third T20 in Lahore.

The SLC Selections Committee will finalise a squad of 22 by 17 October, and announce the final 15 on 20 October, the statement said.

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper meanwhile reports that PCB Chairman Najam Sethi called it a historic moment and expressed his gratitude for the SLC president.

The 29 October match will be the first played in Pakistan by Sri Lanka — or any other top international team — since militants ambushed its team bus en route to the Lahore stadium in 2009, wounding at least seven players.

Lahore will host the T20 series finale following several matches played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where Pakistan have played their “home” internationals since the ambush.