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Reluctant Sri Lankan Team to Play 3rd T20 of The Series in Lahore, Pakistan

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The decision to play third T20 in Lahore came from Sri Lankan cricket board (SLC) after their meeting in Colombo. They unanimously decided in the favor after reviewing the reports on security from independent security experts in Pakistan and recommendations from ICC on their successful conduction of Independence cup in Lahore which starred World XI team this September. The SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala is expected to travel with Sri Lankan team to Lahore.

However, most of the Sri Lankan players have opted out of the last T20 of the series to be played in Lahore. The players who are unwilling to travel to Lahore despite the Government of Pakistan promise of providing them the security that is usually accorded to Head of States. These players include their limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga alongside Lasith Malinga, and Suranga Lakmal who was on the bus which was attacked in March 2009. However, all the support staff of Sri Lankan cricket team will travel to Lahore for last T20 as they received details of security in Pakistan from Micky Arthur, Head Coach of Pakistan cricket team.

The Sri Lankan cricket board is still in negotiations with the players for last T20 and most of them have soften their stances on travelling to Lahore. The Zimbabwe cricket team and World XI are the only ones who have travelled to Pakistan for international matches following 2009 bus attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

The last T20 of the series which is scheduled on October 29 at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore will mark the return of bilateral cricket back in Pakistan. It will make the people of Pakistan watch their heroes play against a Test Nation on their home soil.

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