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PCB decided venues as Sri Lanka Cricket Team ready to tour Pakistan again

After a positive response from the Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC), the chances of holding Test matches in Pakistan after 10 years have increased, reported Geo News.

According to reports, the SLC has shown an interest for Test matches in Pakistan in December, after successfully playing a limited-match series in the country.

The Islanders recently played a three-match ODI series in Karachi, followed by a three T20I in Lahore

The Islanders recently played a three-match ODI series in Karachi, followed by a three T20I in Lahore. Photo: Getty Images

The Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are part of the ICC Test Championship. For the series, Karachi and Rawalpindi have been narrowed down as the venues for the two Test matches.

Lahore was not chosen as a venue for the Test match due to weather in the city in December which would likely affect the match.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken Sri Lanka into confidence in terms of venues. If the series goes on schedule, this will be the first Test series to be held in Pakistan after more than ten years.

Pakistan last hosted a Test match on home soil in 2009 against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan officials and players prepare to board into a helicopter at Gaddafi Stadium in March 2009.— AP

Since then most international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country, leaving Pakistan to play nearly all their “home” games in the United Arab Emirates.

Before travelling to Pakistan, Sri Lanka will travel to Australia this weekend ahead of the three-match series beginning on 27 October in Adelaide.

Sri Lanka has announced squad for series against Australia. The 16-man squad, led by Lasith Malinga, sees the return of many experienced players to the side after Sri Lanka’s 3-0 series victory in Pakistan.

After a young squad achieved a whitewash of Pakistan in the T20I series played as part of the return of international cricket to the country, Sri Lanka have returned to many of their more experienced players for their three-match series in Australia.

Some of the best performances from that tour of Pakistan have been rewarded however, with Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Oshada Fernando retaining their spots after both making their debuts in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka Squad for T20I series against Australia:

Lasith Malinga (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha.

Australia v Sri Lanka, T20I Schedule:

First T20: October 27, Adelaide Oval

Second T20: October 30, Gabba

Third T20: November 1, MCG

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