PCB expecting full strength SL squad for T20 in Lahore
Karachi: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi, has reiterated that a full strength Sri Lankan team will come to Lahore this month to play the last T20 match of the ongoing series.
"Contrary to rumours and speculations we are expecting to host a full strength Sri Lankan side. The Sri Lankan board President has assured us they want to play the match in Lahore and will send their best team, Sethi said in Karachi on Wednesday.
Rumours have been circulating in the international media that while the Sri Lankan board may have agreed to send its team to Lahore for the lone T20 game on 29th October, some top players will skip the tour because of security concerns.
Senior players Upul Tharanga and Lasith Malinga were part of the Sri Lankan squad that came under attack by terrorists in Lahore in March 2009. It has been reported that limited overs captain has pulled out of the T20 in Pakistan due to security concerns.
Sethi said the West Indies board had also confirmed they would be playing three T20 matches in Lahore. "The issue is that they want us to travel to West Indies in return but there seems to be no possible window available to us to go there before 2019. They say that is too long a wait for them."